The Breakdown | Japan and All Blacks can profit from red alert in World Cup quarter-finals

Seven dismissals in 29 matches makes forecasting the last four hazardous but the teams who prefer to shift the ball than go to ground should benefit from tough stance on tackles

Since World Rugby saw red at the high-tolerance threshold of referees over dangerous tackles in the opening rounds of the World Cup, players have been receiving their cards. The governing body is unrepentant, adamant that its stance will force them, and their coaches, to focus on going lower and make the game safer.

That stance makes playing against Japan all the more hazardous because of their ability to offload even when a tackler is aiming just below shoulder height and this is the challenge for South Africa on Sunday.

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