Finn Russell Brave Blossoms insist loss to Springboks was great preparation for RWC – The Japan Times

    Finn Russell Brave Blossoms insist loss to Springboks was great preparation for RWC – The Japan Times

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    RICH, FREEMAN –Japan will head into the Rugby World Cup on the back of a big loss to South Africa, but the Brave Blossoms insisted Sunday that their 41-7 Sept. 6 defeat was the ideal way to prepare for the journey ahead.

    “The media may have had a negative view of the game but we created a lot of chances,” said Yu Tamura.

    The Japan flyhalf took much of the blame for the defeat with his decision making and kicks called into question. But fullback Ryohei Yamanaka, who watched from the stands, said the kicks themselves were not the problem.

    “South Africa put us under pressure with their kick chase and when we kicked we failed to do the same. It’s an area we need to improve on.”

    Japan finished the game at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium having had far more of the ball as the Springboks took the opportunity to pre

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