Finn Russell Brave Blossoms warn rivals ‘there’s more to come,’ after reaching Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

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YOKOHAMA –Japan’s players allowed themselves a moment of satisfaction after beating Scotland to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time on Sunday, but warned their next opponent, South Africa: “we’re not finished yet.”

“We’re not packing our bags and saying ‘that’s enough,’” said lock forward Luke Thompson, after the Brave Blossoms had beaten the Scots 28-21 at International Stadium Yokohama to finish the first round on top of Pool A with a perfect record of four wins from four.

“We’re going out there next week to beat South Africa. South Africa are a great team but we’re going out to beat them and that’s our challenge. We’ll enjoy tonight and relax, and then tomorrow we’ll start working again.”

The Brave Blossoms produced another monumental performance to add Scotland to their growing list of Tier-1 scalps, recovering from an early Finn Russell try to head into halftime firmly in control after scores from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka.

Fukuoka scored another try shortly after the restart to put Japan’s place in the knockout round seemingly beyond doubt, before tries from Scotland’s WP Nel and Zander Fagerson ensured a nervy second half for the home team.

Japan could still have made it through to the quarterfinals if it had lost the game by a margin of seven point

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