South Africa ended Japan’s glorious run at the Rugby World Cup with a 26-3 win in Sunday night’s quarterfinals. In front of about 49 thousand fans in the Tokyo Stadium, the Springboks destroyed the Japanese World Cup dream with a splendid second half performance.

Playing in their first ever Rugby World Cup knockout stage, the Brave Blossoms fell behind to an early Makazole Mapimpi‘s try in the third minute. However, Yu Tamura penalty gave the Brave Blossoms a fighting chance before going into the break trailing by just two points.

Handling errors cost South Africa dear in a frustrating first half but they gradually tightened the screws after the break as Handre Pollard kicked three penalties before Faf de Klerk and Mapimpi delivered late tries. Japan had famously beat South Africa 34-32 in an upset at the 2015 World Cup, but it was a totally different situation last Sunday.

Chasing for their third World Cup title, the Springboks showed quality to deny the host and qualify into the last four. They will face Wales who had beaten France 20-19 in the other quarterfinal match played earlier of the day.

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