After defeating Samoa 28-22 on Thursday, Japan promptly shifted their attention to their Pool D championship match against Argentina as they sought a second straight Rugby World Cup quarterfinal berth.
With three tries from Pieter Labuschagne, Michael Leitch, and Kazuki Himeno and 13 points from the boot of Rikiya Matsuda, the Brave Blossoms won in Toulouse.
Even though the Pacific team produced a late comeback with a penalty and a converted try by Christian Leali’ifano, Samoa’s early red card of Ben Lam benefited Japan.
Consequently, Japan rose to second position with nine points, three points ahead of Samoa in third. With 14 points, England won Pool D and earned a spot in the top eight.
On Saturday, Argentina plays Chile, and a bonus victory would tie them up with Japan before their matchup the following week.
“Isn’t that the Grand Final? According to Japan coach Jamie Joseph, we can play a tier-one team we have faced previously.
Because it’s a huge game for us, “all the guys are going to be really excited for that.”
Argentina defeated Japan 33-12 in 1999 and 54-20 in 2016. However, Japan has improved, while the Pumas have recently struggled. Argentina also defeated Japan 33-12 in their first World Cup matchup.
Samoa, whose physical prowess strained the Asian side, forced Japan to work hard to get there.
“We had to work really hard to win. It was a really challenging game. Hats off to the Samoan lads, they really came at us,” Joseph added, complimenting his defense and squad.
They are large men, don’t they? He continued that we had to push through the entire game because they occasionally got on top of us.
Although there were a few items to work on for the next week, the dedication was unquestionably there.