That is how the match would end as South Africa set up a semifinal clash against Wales on 27 October.
South Africa with a 26-3 lead heading into the last five minutes.
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South Africa took on Japan in the last of the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks went into the clash off the back of a 66-7 win over Canada in their final pool match.
Japan were flawless in the group phase, winning all of their matches.
The flyhalf had the chance to extend the lead even further but missed the penalty as South Africa began to get a foothold in the game.
He would make amends for that miss heading into the final 20 minutes by slotting another 3 pointers as South Africa asserted their dominance.
That dominance eventually brought them their second try of the game. Faf de Klerk going over under the posts after a rumbling maul by the forwards and good offload by Malcolm Marx to set de Klerk on his way.
Into the final 10 minutes and Mapimpi went over for his second of the game. Pollard with a good line break and pass to le Roux who timed his pass to Mapimpi perfectly.