If Japan was torn apart by the elements this weekend, its rugby team put the country back together today
DAY TWENTY FOUR
JAPAN 28-21 SCOTLAND
After being battered by the worst storm to hit its shores in 60 years, Japan has kept this Rugby World Cup on track with a show of determination and organisational skill that’s hard to match. Today, though, their rugby team matched it. In what was essentially a quarter final play-off the Brave Blossoms charged into a 28-7 lead, then held their nerve and their shape in the face of Scotland’s second half fightback. Everything was at stake in Yokohama today. For Japan the prize was a first ever quarter final place and avoiding a demoralising early exit. For Scotland it was pride, pure and simple. It may not be much consolation to them right now, but Scotland’s second half performance was something to be proud of. But the attacking flair and defensive strength of Japan was something to stand up and cheer. If Japan was torn apart by the elements this weekend, its rugby team put the country back together today.
Typhoons, earthquakes, come what may. Japan is still standing. Tall.
DID YOU KNOW?
When their match with Namibia was cancelled today, taking away their last chance to win a match at this World Cup, the Canadian team put their disappointment aside and helped with the cleaning up operation in Kamaishi. Some of us would say that was a greater show of character than anything they could have done on the field.
Japan (21) 28
Tries: Matsushima, Inagaki, Fukuoka (2)
Cons: Tamura (4)
Scotland (7) 21
Tries: Russell, Nel, Fagerson
Cons: Laidlaw (2), Russell
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