Honestly, it was exactly what we expected, says Kolisi

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Honestly, it was exactly what we expected, says Kolisi

In the face of heavy tackling and set-piece mastery, the Japanese ran out of energy, ideas and, finally, hope

Ossian Shine

There was never any shortage of courage, but not even the bravest of blossoms could punch through Springbok brawn on Sunday as SA reached the Rugby World Cup semifinals by beating Japan 26-3 and ending their dream run at their home tournament.

In what was a first World Cup quarterfinal for the Japanese, neither an entire nation seemingly now besotted by rugby, nor a raucous 50,000 crowd packed into Tokyo Stadium, could carry the hosts to victory.

“Test match rugby is all about creating opportunities and capitalising, but unfortunately they kept us out and with their set-piece ... they played well,” Japan skipper Michael Leitch said. “Credit to them.”..

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