Japan in opposition to South Africa within the fourth and last quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
When is the match?
Sunday, October 20.
What time is kick-off?
11.15am (BST) on the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.
What TV channel is it on?
ITV from 10.45am BST. It follows straight on from the sooner quarter-final on Sunday, Wales vs France. You too can comply with this sport proper right here with Telegraph Sport.
What’s the newest squad information?
What are they saying?
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has revealed taking part in a World Cup warm-up fixture in opposition to Japan (gained by the Boks 41-7 in Kumagaya) had been a deliberate ploy to be able to dampen down any speak of the Brighton Miracle in the event that they met through the event:
“In all honesty, the explanation for that warm-up sport was to erase the Brighton sport, in order that if we do play them in play-off video games, that sport hopefully would not get talked about once more.
“It is 1-1, and now we go right into a quarter-final sport in opposition to a very robust crew. That (Brighton) sport is prior to now now.
“I have to say that in that warm-up sport, there was no stress.
“We positively will not be capable to go together with the identical plan that we went into the warm-up sport with (and) we will certainly should give you a very new plan.
“It will probably be something where we will have to match their pace and speed, and try to keep up with the way they play the game.”
Japan captain Michael Leitch has mentioned the potential for his facet to develop is “scary” and that whereas the World Cup knockout stage will likely be a step into the unknown, they’ve the psychological power to take care of the stress:
“Wanting again, even since 2011, this crew has grown a lot and it’s scary to consider how far this crew may really develop.
“The final 4 video games, we’re getting higher every time, and the arrogance is rising. That is nice for Japanese rugby, for rugby in Asia and for tier-two rugby.
“First we’ve certified for the quarter-finals and now we’re shuffling the goalposts (of what could be anticipated).
“The biggest reason is belief, that is the trigger. Since 2011, the opponents we have played have been stronger and stronger. We have played more tier-one nations and played in Super Rugby.”
What are the betting odds?
- Japan to win: 7/1
- South Africa to win: 2/11
- Draw: 50/1
What’s our prediction?
Japan outclassed Scotland in essentially the most entertaining sport of the competitors to this point to succeed in the final eight, however that is as a result of the Scots play the same, high-tempo sport to the Japanese; it is simply that the Courageous Blossoms did it higher.
South Africa, then again, will look to make use of their superior dimension to bludgeon their hosts into submission and won’t give Japan the identical quantity of house to play in that Scotland did.
Prediction: Japan 17 South Africa 37