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Springboks delight, Japanese proud after quarter-final battle

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Springboks delight, Japanese proud after quarter-final battle

Springboks delight, Japanese proud after quarter-final battle

South Africa's World Cup stars Faf De Klerk and Handre Pollard were delighted with their side's victory over the host nation Japan at the rugby World Cup on Sunday (October 20).

SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (AGENCY POOL - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA SCRUM-HALF, FAF DE KLERK, SAYING ABOUT VICTORY AGAINST JAPAN: "Overwhelmed with the win tonight and so glad to go through to the semis.

Yeah, my first World Cup and we knew it was going to be a tough one tonight and to pull it through against Japan in Japan is an amazing feeling and, yeah, hopefully we'll get a lot of confidence going into the semi-final." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA FLY-HALF, HANDRE POLLARD, SAYING ABOUT SEMI-FINAL OPPONENTS WALES: "Yeah, I mean I heard it was a cracker of a match against France.

So, I'll have a look at that and do our analysis but Wales are a tough side.

We haven't beaten them a couple of times lately, so haven't played them in a neutral ground which is something we're looking forward to.

I mean, quality side, it's a tough side to play, it's just a tough, tough side to play.

So, we'll do our homework, get fresh and get our bodies ready for another 80 minutes of tough rugby." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPAN WINGER, KENKI FUKUOKA, SAYING: ''I believe we were able to make a positive impact on young people during the World Cup.

I think by more people getting into rugby, we will be able to get better players.

Because of the synergy effect, I expect Japan will be able to aim for reaching the final four for the next World Cup to make a new history.'' STORY: South Africa's World Cup stars Faf De Klerk and Handre Pollard were delighted with their side's victory over the host nation Japan at the rugby World Cup on Sunday (October 20).

De Klerk scored a try in the 3-26 win over Japan and said the 'amazing feeling' of knocking out the tournament hosts would give his side confidence going into their semi-final match against Wales.

Pollard, the Springboks fly-half, described the tight opening half against Japan as 'frustrating' but praised his side for 'sticking to their game plan' to dominate in the second-half.

Pollard said he knows semi opponents Wales will be 'tough' opponents but it is a game the Springboks will be ready for.

Japan's players were tearful at the final whistle as their World Cup fairytale ended against South African brawn, but their lock, James Moore, took heart in how the team have come together to record impressive victories at their home tournament.

He also said the performances could inspire young Japanese players to come through the system and end up as stars of the game.




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