Japan closes World Cup pool stage with 28-18 win over US

posted on October 13, 2015

Japan's 28-18 win over the United States on Sunday brought the curtains down on a Rugby World Cup pool stage that it lit up.

The last pool match didn't have the jaw-dropping thrills of Japan's win over South Africa on the second day of the tournament, or the smothering domination of the win over Samoa, but it was a slice of history nevertheless.

Japan became the first team to win three out of four pool matches and not advance to the quarterfinals. The one loss was to Scotland, when the fatigued Brave Blossoms were over-run in the second half just four days after upsetting the Springboks. Wouldn't they love a rematch against the Scots with equal rest. Japan also beat the U.S. Eagles for the first time in the tournament, after losses in 1987 and 2003.

It was departing coach Eddie Jones' desire for the Brave Blossoms to leave as the team of the tournament, and after the pool stage, they do.

They go home with three wins, having arrived with only one previous win in the tournament " in 1991 against Zimbabwe " and attracted unprecedented interest in rugby at home, where tens of millions tuned in to watch their games on TV.

source by newsonjapan
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