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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 16 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
The disciplinary hearing for Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will be on Monday in Tokyo.
Lavanini was sent off in the 18th minute for a shoulder-led tackle into the neck of England flyhalf Owen Farrell in their Pool C match at Tokyo Stadium.
He’s the fifth man to be red-carded at this Rugby World Cup, the most in a single tournament.
Japan is a step closer to Rugby World Cup history after overcoming a fierce Samoa challenge 38-19 and claiming a bonus point four minutes into additional time in a nerve-shredder for a third straight win in Pool A.
The hosts now have Scotland between them and a first place in the quarterfinals for an Asian team. That would set off a party of epic proportions in Japan.
Japan scored tries in Toyota through center Timothy Lafaele, No. 8 Kazuki Himeno and by replacement Kenki Fukuoka, the star in the stunning win over Ireland. His try sealed victory.
But star winger Kotaro Matsushima’s bonus-point score in the last play of the game could be the most crucial in the final reckoning.
Samoa tested Japan’s nerve and commitment at every stage and Japan met the challenge at a raucous City of Toyota Stadium with an immense effort.
Japan made Samoa pay for a yellow card to flanker TJ Ioane when Lafaele scored near the left corner in the first half. Himeno grounded in a Japanese rolling maul early in the second.
Samoa set up a thrilling finish when center Henry Taefu spun out of a tackle and went over after a period of Samoan pressure. He converted for 26-19 with seven minutes to go.
Japan responded by turning over possession from the restart, surging to within a meter, and then sending Fukuoka in from an overlap way out on the right corner for the game-clincher. Matsushima’s try might be the quarterfinal-clincher.
Japan leads Samoa 16-9 at halftime and is narrowing in on a third straight win in Pool A.
Japan center Timothy Lafaele scored the only try of the half after the host team capitalized on a yellow card to Samoa flanker TJ Ioane.
Ioane went to the sin-bin for a no-arms shoulder charge on Japan winger Kotaro Matsushima. Japan scored a couple of minutes later, with returning flanker Michael Leitch winning a crucial turnover, Matsushima making the key break to within one meter, and Lafaele finishing wide on the left.
Lafaele was born in Samoa.
The Samoans are worrying Japan but continue to hurt themselves with yellow cards. It’s the fifth yellow Samoa has received in 2 + games at the Rugby World Cup. Winger Ed Fidow got two of them against Scotland last game to be sent off. Japan’s other points at City of Toyota Stadium have come from three penalties by flyhalf Yu Tamura.
Samoa center Henry Taefu has also landed three penalties.
Japan is in action for the first time since that upset over Ireland.
Chasing Rugby World Cup history as the first Asian team to make the quarterfinals, the host team faces Samoa in Toyota in its third Pool A game.
Japan has two wins from two. A third victory won’t quite seal it for the Brave Blossoms but will put them on the verge of the quarters.
Japan has squad captain Michael Leitch back in its lineup against Samoa, although the other flanker, Pieter Labuschagne, retains the captaincy for the game.
A raucous City of Toyota Stadium fell silent for the start of Samoa’s pre-game Siva Tau war dance.
Samoa is playing for plenty of pride, and to stay in the World Cup, after losing 34-0 to Scotland last outing.
Four years after being humiliated at its home Rugby World Cup, England was first into the quarterfinals in Japan on Saturday after beating 14-man Argentina 39-10.England and old rival France will meet next weekend to decide the winner of Pool C.
Argentina will be home by then. The Pumas’ earliest exit from a Rugby World Cup in 16 years will likely become official on Sunday should France beat Tonga in Kumamoto as expected.
England failed to get out of the pool stage in 2015, the first tournament host to miss out, and its victory on Saturday was eased in Tokyo Stadium when Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini was sent off in the 18th minute.
In a week in which three others have been red-carded for dangerous tackles, Lavanini inexplicably led with his left shoulder into the neck of England flyhalf Owen Farrell. Lavanini became the second Puma to be sent off in the Rugby World Cup after Pedro Sporleder in 1991.
England was leading 14-man Argentina 15-3 at halftime at Tokyo Stadium and set to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Argentina, needing a win to stay in the quarterfinals hunt, went down a man from the 18th minute when lock Tomas Lavanini was red-carded for a shoulder-led tackle into the neck of England center Owen Farrell.
To that point, the Pool C match was on edge, including a midfield fight after Farrell was late-tackled by Argentina captain Pablo Matera.
The red card took the tension out of the match, with England up 5-3 at the time, a Jonny May try trumping a Benjamin Urdapilleta penalty.
Despite the man advantage, England didn’t score until the 36th through fullback Elliot Daly, and scrumhalf Ben Youngs went over in injury time after 20 phases of attack.
Farrell missed converting all three tries and a penalty.
Argentina was reduced to 14 men from the 18th minute against England after lock Tomas Lavanini was sent off for a dangerous high tackle on England center Owen Farrell.
Lavanini went in left shoulder first and hit Farrell in the neck, and referee Nigel Owens sent him off.
Lavanini is the fifth red card of this tournament, making it the worst for red cards in tournament history.
England led 5-3 at the time.
Only two minutes later, Argentina fans were whistling when England center Manu Tuilagi tackled Emiliano Boffelli while the Argentina fullback was in the air. But Owens only penalized Tuilagi because he said Boffelli had a foot on the ground.
The Springboks say winger Cheslin Kolbe is fine after x-rays on a twisted left ankle.
Kolbe was walking normally on Saturday after the x-rays showed no serious damage. He was hurt in the final minutes of the 49-3 Pool B win over Italy in Shizuoka on Friday night and was taken off as a precaution.
Kolbe has been an inspiration for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup. He was South Africa’s best player in the loss to New Zealand and scored two tries against Italy to help put the Boks back on course for the quarterfinals.
Coach Rassie Erasmus says Kolbe could play ”at a push” in their last pool game against Canada on Tuesday but it’s unlikely he’ll be risked for the game.
Fellow winger Makazole Mapimpi had nine stitches in a cut on his forehead from the Italy game but he’s also clear to play.
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