Rugby World Cup 2019: Live updates - South Africa v Japan

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South Africa 26 - 3 Japan

81min - Pollard kicks it into touch and South Africa are through to the semi-finals, Japans epic journey ends tonight in Tokyo. 

79min - Faf de Klerk is announce man of the match. 

75min - Penalty won by South Africa, a dominant second half from the Springboks. 

74min - Pollard seems to be fine, back on his feel and running. 

73min - The game is opening up now, what Japan would have wanted 70 minutes ago. Pollard takes a big hit and is rubbing his shoulder. 

70min - TRY - South Africa, just like that, they score, Pollard makes the break and finds Le Roux who passes it to Makazole Mapimpi who crashes over for his second. Kick is wide. South Africa 26 - 3 Japan. 

69min - Lovely from South Africa, they win the turnover at the lineout and de Klerk clears. 

68min - Japan win a penalty and will kick to the corner, must score here. 

That will be enough to earn the win for South Africa, but boy what a game it's been - the Springboks deserve it! Their defence has been next level. 

65min - South Africa get a massive driving maul going off the lineout and they score. TRY - South Africa. Huge effort from the forwards, they drive the maul around 30 metres before de Klerk scores off the back. Kick is good. South Africa 21 - 3 Japan.

64min - Kolbe is tackled high and South Africa win a penalty, they kick for touch. 

63min - South Africa win a penalty and will kick for goal. It's good. South Africa 14 - 3 Japan. 

61min - The relentless defence has not stopped from South Africa, Japan are throwing so much at them but the hosts can't find a gap.

57min - Massive scrum from South Africa, they win another penalty. They kick for goal, it's wide. 

56min - Japan try a counter-ruck at the breakdown but are called for a knock on, South Africa win the scrum feed. 

54min - The Springboks win the lineout against the throw, they clear through de Klerk.

53min - South Africa cant find a gap and end up kicking it, Kolbe takes out Matsushima in the air and a penalty is called, Japan will clear. 

52min - Strong defence and South Africa tackle Japan out, lineout is the call. 

51min - Pollard is looking to take control of this game now, kicking game is much more accurate, South Africa have the ball 25 m out now. 

48min - Against the feed South Africa win a massive penalty! A big moment just 15 m out from the tryline. They will kick for goal. It's good. South Africa 11 - 3 Japan. 

47min - South Africa win a turnover and have an advantage, they throw the ball to the right, it's forward.. wow! They would've scored. It was 100% forward. 

45min - Japan get the ball back after de Klerk clears. 

42min - South Africa win a penalty and will kick for the points. It's good. South Africa 8 - 3 Japan. 

41min - Back underway for the second half.

Half time - South Africa is penalised and Japan will kick it into touch. Into the sheds they go. 

41min - The gong goes as South Africa win a penalty,  they will kick for touch. 

40min - A nice little kick from Japan and it's looking like a 5-3 game heading into the break. 

38min - South Africa start their attack and Willie Le Roux knocks the ball on, horrible from the fullback, he had loads of space. 

37min - This game is so evenly poised and is screaming for a tackle bust or a special moment. 

36min - More great defence, this time from Japan and they earn a penalty and will kick for touch. 

34min - Superb defence from South Africa, they force a knock on, they shift the ball left then it's knocked on, they look sharp with ball in hand though.

32min - Great work at the breakdown from Japan - they win a penalty, can they hit the lead before half time?

31min - Soth Africa get their hands on some pill at last, nothing comes of it so de Klerk clears, great kick. 

29min - More good attack from Japan - and defence from South Africa, they force a knock on, Springboks scrum feed. 

26min - Japan lose the ball, South Africa gather and clear through Pollard. 

25min - Great attacking from Japan - they work the ball to the halfway line then win a penalty. This is like an unstoppable force (Japan attack) against an immovable object (South Africa defence) Japan kick for touch. 

23min - South Africa lose the ball in the tackle, dusty attack here from South Africa. 

22min - South Africa force Japan back and they are forced to kick . 

Tendai Mtawarira is back. 

19min - Against the feed, Japan put together a massive scrum and win the penalty. They kick for the points, It's good. South Africa 5 - 3 Japan.  

18min - Relentless from Japan, but just as good from the South African defence, knock on called, SA scrum. 

17min - Japan are throwing everything at the Springboks here, but their defence wont move. 

15min - Japan were on the cusp of their first try, but Damian de Allende won the penalty at the breakdwon, really nice from Kenki Fukuoka who broke the defence open.

14min - Great work from Japan, they throw the ball to the left and break the rush defence, 10m out now. 

12min - Lovely work from de Klerk, he steals the ball on defence and clears for South Africa. 

11min - Knock on called against South Africa, Japan will have a scrum feed around 30 metres out. 

Very lucky not to see red after the standard those calls have been this tournament. Real chance for Japan here. 

10min - Tendai Mtawarira is penalised for a tip tackle, he is saying sorry, no call to the TMO and the beast is off for 10 minutes, a yellow for the prop. 

9min - Pollard does well to expose a numbers advantage, South Africa move the ball down field but Japan win the strip and clear. 

8min - Japan look to the cross field kick, it's good but Leitch can't grab it in. 

7min - Japan are looking to play a broken style of rugby, one they can keep the ball in hand and disrupt the tactics of South Africa, Japan have a lineout on half way. 

4min - TRY - South Africa, they go blind side off the scrum and Makazole Mapimpi is too strong, he beats three defenders to score in the corner. Kick is wide. South Africa 5 - 0 Japan. 

3min - Japan look to go wide again but the pass is forward, South Africa have a scrum 22m out. 

1min - Nice start from Japan, they look to throw and kick the ball, taking the game to South Africa, they clear and South Africa win a lineout. 

1min - Kick off here! We are underway in the final quarter-final. 

Lots of tears from the Japanese, great to see - South Africa is up next, a low-key great tune.

11:13pm - Both anthems are next, anthem chat.. Japan, not a banger, love the passion though. 

11:10pm - Crazy atmosphere at the stadium, we all know what happened the last time these two sides met! Not long to go now.

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between South Africa and Japan from Tokyo Stadium. 

South Africa: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handre Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Pieter-Steph Du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi (c), 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Reserves: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. RG Snyman, 20. Franco Mostert, 21. Francois Louw, 22. Herschel Jantjies, 23. Frans Steyn

Japan:15. Ryohei Yamanaka, 14. Kotaro Matsushima, 13. Timothy Lafaele, 12. Ryoto Nakamura, 11. Kenki Fukuoka, 10. Yu Tamura, 9. Yutaka Nagare, 8. Kazuki Himeno, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Michael Leitch (c), 5. James Moore, 4. Luke Thompson, 3. Jiwon Koo, 2. Shota Horie, 1. Keita Inagaki.

Reserves: 16. Atsushi Sakate, 17. Isileli Nakajima, 18. Asaeli Ai Valu, 19. Wimpie van der Walt, 20. Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Rikiya Matsuda, 23. Lomano Lava Lemeki

TAB Odds: Japan $5.40    South Africa $1.13

Pre-game chat: Japanese fans queue for hours ahead of history making match

Japanese fans are showing their dedication to supporting their rugby team just hours out from their biggest match in history. 

Brave Blossoms fans have been queuing to enter Tokyo's Sports Square fan zone since 5am Tokyo time (9am NZT).

Sitting shoulder to shoulder in the humid Tokyo heat, several hundred are squeezing down a side alleyway on chairs and rugs as they wait to be let in just over an hour before the host team takes on the Springboks.

Rugby fan Ryusei Takatsuka says he's never played the sport and has only started watching, but is excited about history being made tonight.

In what has become a fairytale story of the Rugby World Cup, it's the first time Japan has made an appearance in the knockout rounds of the tournament. 

It's expected 60 million - almost half the Japanese population - will tune in to watch the match on television. Smashing the domestic audience for a World Cup match that was broken last week when Japan beat Scotland. 

The hosts have been the darlings of the tournament since they beat Ireland in the pool stage. That win meant they were able to progress first through their pool and avoid a quarter-final matchup with the All Blacks.