South Africa beats host nation Japan to make it to Rugby World Cup semi-finals

South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi celebrates with team mates scoring their third try
South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi celebrates with team mates scoring their third try Copyright REUTERS/Issei Kato
By Euronews
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South Africa ended the hopes of Japanese rugby fans when they beat the host nation 26-3.

South Africa beat host nation Japan 20-3 to qualify for the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

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Japanese fans in Tokyo were visibly upset after they failed to make it to the semi-final round. Japan swept through the tournament, beating top contenders Ireland and Scotland and winning six consecutive rugby matches.

This was Japan's first quarter-final at a Rugby World Cup.

The South Africans led just 5-3 at halftime but scored three tries in total.

They will now face Wales in the semi-finals. Wales defeated France 20-19 on Sunday.

Additional sources • Reuters

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