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As it happened: USA 18-28 Japan

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11 Oct 2015

That's it folks.

The group stages are done and dusted and it's knockout rugby time.

Stay glued to Sport24.co.za for all your #RWC2015 news, views and match buildup.

11 Oct 2015

Fantastic achievement by the Brave Blossoms.

They add USA to Samoa and SOUTH AFRICA as their World Cup victims.

USA go home without a win or a point in the competition...

11 Oct 2015

Goromaru gets the ball and hacks it out of the ground.

Japan seal win number 3!

11 Oct 2015

Less than 30 seconds to play...

11 Oct 2015

79' Japan give away a penalty but their quick tap is well tackled.

Another turnover in the next phase!

11 Oct 2015

90 seconds left and USA knock it on...

I think this one is all over!

11 Oct 2015

7 phases but Japan's defence is holding firm...

11 Oct 2015

77' USA attack but Ngwenya is given no space.

The crowd chanting "USA USA USA"..

11 Oct 2015

76' It's over! Goromaru holds his nerve.

11 Oct 2015

74' Japan's attack going nowhere but now have penalty advantage.

Coming in from the side is the call.

Goromaru with the chance to all but seal the win...

11 Oct 2015

USA kick it out on the 50m line.

11 Oct 2015

72' USA will have to attack from inside their own 22m now.

11 Oct 2015

MacGinty converts to make the gap just 7 points now.

11 Oct 2015

Wyles coasts over after MacGinty's lovely pass out wide.

11 Oct 2015

71' USA score!

Easy try!

11 Oct 2015

70' Fantastic breakout by the USA.

In two phases they move deep into Japan's 22m.

Can they reduce the deficit?

11 Oct 2015

68' Japan now making plenty of metres with a lovely rolling maul

11 Oct 2015

67' USA survive sustained period of play without letting in any further points.


11 Oct 2015

Japan now 5m out after 13 phases

11 Oct 2015

15 minutes left and the USA trail by two converted tries

11 Oct 2015

64' Japan attack once again. Mafi and Goromaru central to the momentum...

11 Oct 2015

Nope. It's out to the right.

11 Oct 2015

62' Goromaru with the chance to make it 5/5 tonight...

11 Oct 2015

Mafi scores after a simple lineout move.

He made that tackle on Ngwenya earlier and now adds a try to his name.

What a super sub he is turning out to be.

11 Oct 2015

61' JAPAN score!

11 Oct 2015

57' Ngwenya brilliantly taken down as he was galloping down the right hand flank.

A game defining tackle maybe...

11 Oct 2015

It's good.

USA trail by nine points against. 25 minutes to play.

11 Oct 2015

53' Naughty from the Japanese lock as he holds on on the ground.

MacGinty with a kick at goal to reduce the gap.

11 Oct 2015

52' A frantic passage of play ends with the USA hooker coughing up the ball.

Frantic attack by the Eagles who are desperate to score next to try get back into this contest.

11 Oct 2015

50' Lucky escape for America on attack.

Jackson yells advantage over and the knock on by the USA is immediate - Jackson awards them the scrum for the original knock anyway...

11 Oct 2015

48' Goromaru again saves the day for Japan with a lovely clearance kick.

In the face of three charging Americans, he hoofs to clear.

11 Oct 2015

46' MacGinty with the mistake as USA attacked the Japan line. The ball is knocked on.

The Blossoms will have the scrum put in about 10m from their own line.

11 Oct 2015

Matsushima - the Japan right wing - is apparently South African born and played age group rugby in SA...that's according to the commentators of this match.

11 Oct 2015

45' USA win the penalty as Goromaru holds on at ruck time.

11 Oct 2015

The flags go up and the crowd goes wild.

Japan lead by 20 points to 8.

USA look flat, can they find a way back into this one?

11 Oct 2015

41' Japan continue where they left off in the first half.

Start well and full of running and they win the penalty.

Goromaru will have a shot at goal.

11 Oct 2015

Japan getting psyched up for the second half which is about to get started...

11 Oct 2015

HALF TIME

Japan lead 17-8 at the break.

Is win number three on the way?

11 Oct 2015

39' Fierce defending by the Blossoms and USA fail to secure the ball from the maul.

Japan have 30 seconds to see out the half.

11 Oct 2015

37' Japan create their own headaches after falling to clear a deep kick.

They give away a 5m scrum after being caught in their own deadball line.

11 Oct 2015

Holani with a mammoth hit on Petrie.

The USA number 9 does well to get up after that nasty blow.

11 Oct 2015

34' Goromaru doing well now.

His clearance from the restart goes past the halfway line. His forwards will appreciate that nudge.

11 Oct 2015

32' Goromaru extends the lead with a penalty from some distance.

11 Oct 2015

31' Japan bossing this encounter now.

They are having no trouble with the ball in hand - the confidence is at an all time high it appears.

11 Oct 2015

Ayumu Goromaru makes no mistake with the conversion.

Japan lead by 6 points.

11 Oct 2015

He started the move from the restart and ends it as he comes up after a rolling maul.
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