Finn Russell Japan vs Scotland: Jamie Joseph pays tribute to victims of Typhoon Hagibis after hosts reach quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup

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Japan head coach Jamie Joseph paid tribute to those who lost their lives in Typhoon Hagibis following his side’s 28-21 victory over Scotland – a result which secures a first-ever quarter-final berth for the Brave Blossoms at the Rugby World Cup.

The hosts stormed to a thrilling, pulsating victory in Yokohama, despite falling behind after an early Finn Russell try, that leaves them top of Pool A with four wins from four – two of which came against the Dark Blues and Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

Speaking in the wake of his team’s victory, which sparked jubilant scenes at the International Yokohama Stadium, Joseph praised the performance of his men but was keen to acknowledge those lost in Typhoon Hagibis, the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades.

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“I think you can just look around and see how special a moment this is for our team and for this country,” Joseph told ITV.

“Before we talk about the footy I really want to acknowledge the families that have lost people in the typhoon today; that really motivated our team, we talked about that this morning as a group.

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