South Africa thrashed tournament hosts Japan 26-3, to reach the last four of the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks only led by 5-3 at half-time, after taking the lead through Makazole Mapimpi’s try, before Japan capitalised on Tendai Mtawarira’s yellow card, to score a penalty through Yu Tamura and lower the deficit.
The South Africans came out strongly in the second half, as Handre Pollard scored a try and two penalties to put the two-time champions in charge. Late tries from Faf de Clark and Mapimpi put the game out of Japan’s reach, as South Africa secured a spot in the World Cup semi-finals.
They will be facing Wales in the last four on Sunday October 27th.
AFP reported that South Africa’s coach, Rassie Erasmus, said his side will start preparing for their semi-final immediately.
“Obviously now we've got Wales They're ranked higher than us. They've got a win against France this weekend," Erasmus said. "We'll start working tomorrow on them.”
Japan’s coach, Jamie Joseph, was pleased with his side’s effort, despite going out of the tournament.
"We're really proud with what we've achieved at the World Cup," Joseph said. "I'm just disappointed for the players because they give so much as a group.”