Japan's Rugby World Cup dream is over - smothered by a relentlessly pragmatic green blanket of a South African side, but the legacy must remain and surely will.

The Boks are through to a semifinal against Wales next weekend in what, on the evidence of Oita and Tokyo, will be a battle of the predictable. But Rassie Erasmus' men deserve credit because they had to work very hard to subdue the host nation, a side who have become everyone's second-favourite team.

In the end the Brave Blossoms were killed off by the slow drip of Handre Pollard's three second-half penalties

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