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England are actually by way of to the quarter-finals after Japan beat Samoa; Japan are actually in second place in Pool D after the 28-22 victory; Samoa’s Ben Lam was handed a pink card within the second half for a harmful deal with

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Japan improved their hopes of reaching the Rugby world Cup quarter-finals for a second time with their win over Samoa

England certified for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup after Japan noticed off 14-man Samoa 28-22 in Toulouse to maintain alive their very own hopes of progressing to the knockout stage.

The Courageous Blossoms go on to face Argentina within the closing spherical of Pool D matches – and solely one in all them will be part of Steve Borthwick’s facet, who’re confirmed as group winners forward of their conflict with Samoa because of their superior head-to-head document, within the knockout section.

Japan, who reached the final eight for the primary time 4 years in the past as hosts, opened the scoring within the thirteenth minute when Pieter Labuschagne stretched over within the nook and Rikiya Matsuda transformed.

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A penalty from D’Angelo Leuila acquired Samoa, with out captain Chris Vui by way of a late change, on the board, however Matsuda’s kick quickly restored Japan’s benefit.

Michael Leitch added one other attempt within the nook earlier than Samoa’s Jonathan Taumateine was despatched to the sin bin after a shoulder barge within the build-up.

Michael Leitch was on the listing of attempt scorers for Japan that helped Japan maintain off a fightback from Samoa

Japan hooker Shota Horie was then proven a yellow card for making head-on-head contact as he stood up in a problem with Seilala Lam, which went to the TMO for a bunker evaluate however was not upgraded.

Samoa – whose closing pool match with England is in Lille on October 7 – made essentially the most of their man benefit, Lam touching down following a driving maul to enter the break trailing 17-8.

Samoa quickly discovered themselves a person down when Ben Lam was despatched to the sin bin after the TMO noticed a excessive deal with into the facet of Labuschagne’s head.

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Japan prolonged their lead as Kazuki Himeno was pushed over within the nook, however the often dependable Matsuda didn’t convert.

Issues then acquired worse for Samoa when Lam’s card was upgraded to a pink earlier than Matsuda once more discovered his vary to push Japan additional in entrance at 25-8.

Kotaro Matsushima sprinted clear for what Japan thought was a bonus-point attempt, but it surely was dominated out for the slightest of knock-ons from Dylan Riley within the build-up.

Rikiya Matsuda transformed three of his facet’s tries as they took one other step nearer to development

Samoa, although, stored themselves in contact as Duncan Paia’aua went over within the nook, which Leuila transformed from a good angle just for fly-half Matsuda to push Japan clear once more with one other long-range penalty.

The 14 males battled on and pulled the deficit again once more when Christian Leali’ifano dived over after which transformed his personal attempt, however Japan held out to arrange a possible winner-takes-all showdown with Argentina in Nantes.

What’s Subsequent?

Subsequent up for Samoa is a conflict with England on October 7 in Lille, with kick-off at 4.45pm BST.

For Japan, an enormous conflict with Argentina awaits on Sunday October 8 in Nantes, with kick-off at 12pm BST.

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