It took almost seven minutes for South Africa to cross the line. Branco du Preez’s converted try was the Bliztbokke’s lone score of the half against the decidedly underdog Japan. Impi Visser’s second-half try gave South Africa some breathing room.
Japan had a moment of looking like it might score, with a cracking run into the South Africa twenty-two. The crucial offload that may well have ended in points, however, went to the deck. With the possession and consecutive penalties in their favor, the South Africans soon made it a three-score contest with a converted try by Selvyn Davids. And Mfundo Ndhlovu’s converted try on full made it 26–0 at the close.
Although Japan was unable to come away with any points, it was still a strong showing against one of the best sides in the world.