SPORTS DAY: Boks boot Japan’s World Cup dreams


SPORTS DAY: Boks boot Japan’s World Cup dreams

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Brutal Boks burst Japan’s bubble

SA shattered Japan’s dreams of reaching the World Cup semifinals with a pulsating 26-3 victory in Tokyo Sunday to set up a blockbuster last-four clash with Wales. A double from wing Makazole Mapimpi broke the hearts of the Brave Blossoms, whose run to the knockout stages has earned respect around the rugby world and lit up the first World Cup held in Asia. Japan famously beat SA 34-32 at the last World Cup in an upset dubbed the “Miracle of Brighton”, but Sunday’s match at Tokyo was far more comfortable for the two-time world champions. “We’re really proud with what we’ve achieved at the World Cup,” said Japan coach Jamie Joseph. “I’m just disappointed for the players because they give so much to the group and they give so much to the country.” SA coach Rassie Erasmus had staked out his intent by picking six forwards on the bench and the win was built on a dominant performance up front and a ferocious defensive effort...

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