TOKYO, 3 Oct - Hundreds of Japanese fans watched Namibia run a full-blooded open training session in Machida as they prepare to face the All Blacks in a repeat of their Rugby World Cup 2015 highlight.
Four years ago, centre and now Namibia captain Johan Deysel crashed through three New Zealand defenders, below, to score a consolation try in a 58-14 defeat.
It was a moment fans and players remember proudly and Phil Davies's spirited side have been winning over Japanese fans hoping for more of the same at Tokyo Stadium on Sunday.
"I'm a big fan," said Masa Yagi, who took his family to watch the Namibian team train and run a skills session with dozens of young fans. "We hope for Namibia's first win, for a giant-killing like the Japan versus Ireland match. That was unbelievable.
"The World Cup is making me a big fan. I'm converted. It's better than football."
After the session, his son Banri and daughter Yuwri presented fly-half Cliven Loubser with a stuffed toy Pikachu, a gift for kicking a penalty against South Africa in Saturday's 57-3 defeat.
"It's important to get the boys involved in the local community," said Davies. "There's been over 150 people watching, over 100 children turned up, so it's brilliant."
Also watching from the stands of the Canon Sports Park in south-west Tokyo was Simataa Matali, secretary at the Namibian Embassy in Tokyo.
"I'm very proud of them," he said. "The last time Namibia played South Africa they almost scored 100 points, so to prevent a huge margin is a big achievement. I'm sure the team will improve for New Zealand, too."
Matali fondly remembers the last time the Welwitschias faced the full might of the All Blacks in that 2015 defeat and hopes the Japanese fans will continue to get behind them on Sunday.
"I was watching in Windhoek in a sports bar and the place erupted," he said. "This tournament, the Japan fans have been amazing. They've shown great support for the underdog."