Japan are determined to prove that their famous win over South Africa was no fluke as they prepare to face Scotland in the Rugby World Cup later today.
Overwhelming support from around the world has been largely viewed as a major confident boost heading into the game, especially after their shocking win over Springboks. But as far as Eddie Jones is concerned, they will need to up their game in order to continue to winning run.
“We are not here to just cause upsets. We are here to play in the World Cup and qualify for the knockout round,” he said.
“It would have been a problem if we didn’t win last weekend, but we did and the players are clearly happy with their performance,” he added.
“The beginning of the game is going to be crucial. We have to do well from the start. It’s not going to be easy.”
Scotland have won all of their previous four games against the Asian champions, including a 100-8 victory in 2004.
WHAT DO WE THINK?
This is precisely where Japan come out and prove that their win over South Africa wasn’t just luck. Asian countries have always been touted as weaker opponents, compared to nations from other continents, but Japan have a pivotal opportunity to alter that perception. Also, a win for Japan will prove that teams with smaller-sized players can do well, with proper preparation and tactics.