TOKYO, 21 Sep – Japan's Yu Tamura could finally rest easy after turning out the lights on Friday evening.
After enduring nights of fitful sleep, the Brave Blossoms fly-half experienced mixed fortunes in the Rugby World Cup 2019 opener against Russia.
But with a 30-10 comeback victory secured, he is now expecting more joy to come in his next match.
"I thought I was going to die with all the pressure," said Tamura, pictured above, on Saturday, after he missed two from four conversions and lacked his usual accuracy in open-play kicking.
"There were lots of mistakes but there were times when we managed to move the ball around well. I'm looking forward to the next one more now we've been freed from pressure."
Captain Michael Leitch conceded that everyone was on tenterhooks.
"It was a game that put a lot of pressure on us and the opening matches always make you nervous - but we just have to get used to these," said the 30-year-old, who is playing at his third World Cup.
"I enjoyed the game despite all that and I heard other players saying they enjoyed it, too.
"I was very moved by the packed stadium with red and white jerseys. Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe came to the locker room after the match and I could really feel the excitement building."
Tamura did restore some pride by nailing his long-range penalty in the 63rd minute - and he revealed there had been a little push from Leitch.
"Leitch gave me the chance to have courage," he said. "The wind was quite strong and, at first, I said I would kick to touch to then score and secure the bonus point.
"But Leitch wasn't having it and said go for it, instead. The captain gave me the chance to face up to the pressure of playing in the opener."
With world No.1 Ireland next up in Shizuoka, Tamura will spend less time fretting about defeat and more time dreaming of victory.
"They're of similar style (Ireland and Scotland) but play with different tactics to ours. We'll just have to see what they stick to and whether we can exploit that with our plan."