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Japan’s speed and skill sets an example but Springboks threaten to smother them | Ben Ryan

Brave Blossoms’ slick style shows what is possible within existing laws – now World Rugby should clamp down on breakdown infringements

The breathtaking match between the hosts Japan and Gregor Townsend’s Scotland was effectively a knockout game with a little bit more bite. Held in the wake of a devastating typhoon, it brought a brief respite as Japan’s fans cheered and cried and coerced their beloved Brave Blossoms to a victory borne on raw emotion and bottled-up energy.

The speed of ball and movement generated in attack by Jamie Joseph’s side was a joy to behold. It negated any need to throw bodies at breakdowns and kept players on their feet and in the game.

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