Tip Japan - South Africa
Before this tournament, Japan's most memorable moment in Rugby World Cup history was when they beat South Africa in the pool stages of hhe 2015 tournament. Now they take on the South Africans again but this time it's in the last eight of the 2018 tournament. Japan are the hosts of this competition but the pressure that brings them has not been a negative one. They have won all of their matches so far and that includes beating both Ireland and Scotland. They are through to the knock-out stages for the first time in their history and the winners of this tie take on Wales or France in the last four. Japan have only had two previous meetings with South Africa. There was the famous win in 2015 but September of this year saw South Africa win on home soil 41-7.
South Africa lost their opening game of the pool stages, going down to New Zealand but only by ten points. Since then they have beaten Namibia, Canada and Italy scoring 172 points and conceding just 13. The tries have been flying in from all directions and they are the favourites to come through the bottom half of the draw and possibly end as they began with a final against New Zealand. Go for the South Africans to end the Japanese dream and be ahead at both half and full time.
Key points Japan - South Africa
South Africa are the top scorers in this competition, scoring 28 points more than any other side
The last three South African games have seen them win by a points difference of 159 points.
South Africa beat Japan by 34 points in a World Cup warm-up match.
South Africa have made it to the semi-finals four times in the six tournaments they have played.
Conclusion Japan - South Africa
Dreams always seem to come to an end. Japan have made it out of their pool for the first time in a Rugby World Cup. They have beaten both Scotland and Ireland and the pressure of playing at home hasn't hit them hard. This is a tough game against South Africa though and their opponents are in good form. They only lost by ten points to New Zealand and have had three big wins since them. Last month saw them get revenge for that 2015 defeat, this game will see them get through to the semi-finals for the third time in four tournaments. Back the Springboks to win and lead at half and full time.
Japan South Africa Prediction published on October 13, 2019