Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan vs South Africa: Kick-off time, where to watch, team news and odds for quarter-final clash

The two teams meet in Tokyo at 11.15am on Sunday 20 October

Samuel Lovett
Sunday 20 October 2019 11:15
comments
Japan rescue crews search for typhoon survivors

Japan and South Africa meet in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday as the hosts look to create more history at the tournament.

Jamie Joseph’s men beat Scotland 28-21 in a thrilling encounter last weekend to secure their first-ever place in the last eight.

The fixture faced the threat of cancellation due to Typhoon Hagibis, which would have seen Japan qualify to the knockout stages regardless, but the green light was given on the morning of the match.

Whereas the hosts qualified top of Pool A, having won all four of their games, South Africa finished second in Pool B, one point behind rivals New Zealand.

Sunday’s quarter-final will be the first time the two sides have met at the World Cup since Japan’s famous win over the Springboks in 2015. They did, however, face off earlier this summer in a World Cup warm-up, with Rassie Erasmus’ men romping to a 41-7 victory.

When is it?

Japan vs South Africa kicks off at 11.15am BST (Japan Standard Time) on Sunday 20 October.

Where can I watch it?

ITV1 will be broadcasting the match, with coverage starting at 10.45am. Alternatively, you can stream it via the ITV Hub on your laptop, smartphone or laptop.

Teams

Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Fukuoka; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Thompson, Moore, Leitch (c), Labuschagne, Himeno.

Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Van der Walt, Lelei Mafi, Tanaka, Matsuda, Lava Lemeki.

South Africa: Le Roux: Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk, Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (c), Du Toit, Vermeulen

Replacements: Marx, Kitschoff, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn

Japan will be looking to create more history when they take on the Springboks

Odds

Japan to win: 9/2

Draw: 40/1

South Africa to win: 1/6

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments