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FUKUROI, SHIZUOKA PREF. –Double will be the key word if Japan is to pull off an upset Saturday to match the Brighton Miracle.
For if the Brave Blossoms are to repeat their win four years ago over South Africa by beating Ireland, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, it will be down to their ability to dominate in terms of double collisions and double actions.
Double collisions describe the two-man hits that the Brave Blossoms will employ to stop the powerful Irish forwards, while double action is the ability to gain further yards with ball in hand.
“They are big men and enjoy playing with ball in hand,” Japan defense coach Scott Hansen said Friday of props Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong, though the description applies to the whole Ireland pack, which laid the foundation for its 27-3 win over Scotland last week.
“The key thing will be to be smart and have high situational awareness as they like to get the ball in hand in scoring areas,” Hansen said.
Discipline will also be crucial in making sure the double hit is both legitimate and effective, because as prop Keita Inagaki pointed out, Tier 1 sides know ho
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