Japan win sets up World Cup decider in Tokyo

(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Monday 19 May 2014
 
Japan win sets up World Cup decider in Tokyo
Akihito Yamada dives to score one of his four tries for Japan against Korea in Incheon

Japan will play Hong Kong in a winner-takes-all Rugby World Cup qualifier this weekend after the Brave Blossoms beat Korea 62-5 at Munhak Stadium on Saturday to go top of the Asian 5 Nations.

The victory, Japan's 27th straight bonus-point win in the tournament, ensures that the final game to be played at Tokyo's National Stadium will have plenty riding on it as Hong Kong also have 18 points from their first three games.

The winner will take Asia's one automatic spot at Rugby World Cup 2015 and the stadium will then be demolished to make way for a new state of the art arena that will make its debut at Rugby World Cup 2019.

“We set ourselves the target of winning the game in the first 20 minutes and we did that,” said Japan's head coach Eddie Jones. “I am completely happy with the result but I am not happy with the way we played in the second half.”

Watch Japan - Hong Kong live on rugbyworldcup.com!

The decisive match for Asia's one automatic place at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England will be streamed live online at rugbyworldcup.com.

The match kicks off at 5pm local time (9am UK, BST) and the winner will join South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and USA in Pool B.

Tokyo is also the first stop for the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, which kicks off on 20 May and will touch down in 15 countries around the world over the next 12 months.