Springboks has advanced to the semifinals with a grinding 26-3 win over Japan, bringing an end to the home team's entertaining run at the first Rugby World Cup staged in Asia.
With a half-time score at 5-3 it was still anybody's game. The "epic moments" of Japan's famous win four years ago were replayed on the stadium screen during the break but it seemed only to remind the South Africans of what was at stake in the second half.
Fly-half Handre Pollard landed three penalty goals from the 44th to the 64th minutes to extend the margin to 14-3 before the game finally opened up.
Scrum-half Faf de Klerk scooted over in the 66th after a powerful driving maul from the Springboks had Japan on the back foot, and Makazole Mapimpi added his second try of the match in the 70th to put the result beyond doubt.
The South Africans are now 5-2 in Rugby World Cup semifinals and will meet Wales next weekend for a place in the final.
? "We got one or two runaway tries. The margin at the end was not a true reflection. "— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 20, 2019
Hear from @Springboks coach, Rassie Erasmus after his team overpowered the hosts in a compelling and competitive clash #RWC2019 #JPNvRSA #WebbEllisCup #RWCTokyo pic.twitter.com/tT7ooc77eV
? "I take my hat off to the team. We're really proud of what we have achieved"— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 20, 2019
Hear from @JRFURugby coach, Jamie Joseph as his side fought to the very end#RWC2019 #JPNvRSA #WebbEllisCup #RWCTokyo pic.twitter.com/CTYJ9kEHSF