What does Japan's bonus point win mean for Ireland?

What does Japan's bonus point win mean for Ireland?

The best they can get is some brief relief before the final reckoning, a game against Scotland next Sunday which will likely decide if Japan makes rugby history.

It could be the difference between a courageous showing and rugby history.

"For the first time ever, Japan have put themselves in a position where they can top the pool".

Winger Kotaro Matsushima scored the late try that gave Japan an added bonus point, which could be crucial. Scotland meanwhile are on just five points but with a game in hand against Russian Federation to come before they meet the hosts in the final round of the pool stages.

A clearly frustrated Jackson said he was "gutted" for the Samoan players who "didn't deserve" some of the decisions they received. "It was hard to get and it may be important".

So what now? Well first up Scotland need to make sure they get a bonus-point win against Russian Federation, otherwise, their World Cup will likely be over. The Japanese know about fine margins.

If Japan draw with Scotland, they will qualify for the quarter-finals. Or even No. 2.

"They lost their game against Scotland and they'll be hurting", the former All Black star said.

"The crowd's cheering helped us", he said.

It only took two minutes for the Brave Blossoms to capitalise on their one-man advantage as Samoa-born centre Tim Lafaele crossed for the opening try of the game.

The victory, at the City of Toyota Stadium filled with a sea of red-and-white supporters, kept the home side well on course for playoffs qualification. That makes us proud.

"To be part of that it is something we've probably never experienced before", he said. "The crowd was unbelievable".

But Saturday in Toyota the Japanese were favorites and the pressure bore down on them to not mess up.

However, Fukuoka was released on the right and touched down to end any hopes Samoa had of a comeback.

"No one thought we could beat Ireland and now they think we can win every game we play. That's how silly it's become". Samoa and Russian Federation are already out of contention.

"Our focus was winning the game first and then to go for the bonus point if we had the chance". Samoa had tested Japan's nerves and commitment at every stage.

But Samoa set up the finish when center Henry Taefu spun out of a tackle and went over. "It is not just one or two players that we rely on".

Himeno's try knocked the stuffing out of the Pacific islanders, who had reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1991 and 1995 but have been cannon fodder for the bigger teams in recent tournaments.

"And the development of the game back on our own soil we need to put some huge effort into that and I suppose we just want to have the opportunity to be able to have players if they want to play for Samoa to be available".

Deep in time added on, Japan summoned one more thrust from its outstanding forwards and won possession back through a free kick. It scrummed again, and moved the ball left to the short side, where Matsushima slipped through a half-gap.

From that moment it was all about Scotland.

"Our team has incredible belief to the very end and the bench came on and made a massive impact on the game", Joseph said. So it's revving up to be a real ripper.

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