Oct 5, 2019

Japan 38-19 Samoa: Hosts close to qualification for World Cup quarter-finals

Kazuki Himeno, Kenki Fukuoka scored after the interval before Kotaro Matsushima sealed the late bonus point, while Henry Taefu scored a consolation. Japan top Pool A and will qualify if Scotland fail to beat them and Russia in their final two matches. Victory all but sealed qualification for the last eight but Japan will be taking nothing for granted because they have been here before. Samoa, who were chasing a losing bonus-point to keep their slim hopes alive, hit back through Taefu but Japan regained the initiative when they moved the ball wide for replacement Fukuoka to score in the corner. A win against Scotland in the final pool match will be enough to take Japan through with the Scots having to first beat Russia on Wednesday.

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