With the All Blacks likely to top Pool B with a win over Italy, the reigning world champions would face whichever teams finishes second in Pool A in the quarter-finals, but it's unlikely to be decided until the end of Japan and Scotland's clash in Yokohama.
"It's not something that's been referred and there's an agreement there is more latitude for the scrum-half putting the ball into the scrum because you are the team who has won the scrum".
The threat of extreme weather has been a theme of the Rugby World Cup so far. We've seen how tough they can be in large parts of their games and that presents a challenge in itself.
"I live in a bubble and I don't know where the game would be played".
Scotland's fate remains in the balance but they could yet be given a helping hand from Mother Nature.
The storm, which could soon be upgraded to super typhoon status, has formed in the South Pacific and is forecast by some to hit Japan's southern Kyushu island at the weekend where Ireland are due to take on Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday morning.
"We are monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is now developing off the south coast of Japan".
Any games cancelled at the World Cup because of weather are registered as scoreless draws - something which could allow Scotland to go ahead of Ireland in the Pool with wins over both Russian Federation and Japan.
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But Townsend insists his side will have to get to the knock-out stages under their own steam regardless of the weather situation.
If Japan advance, they would play their quarter-final in Tokyo on October 19 or 20.
"There's updates every 24 hours so we'll prepare as best we can".
Organisers also issued a warning about Tropical Storm Tapah, that threatened to upset the first weekend's matches although it had little impact and all the games went ahead as planned. If it can not be played that day then it's two points for each team.
It should make for altogether more amenable conditions on Saturday, although one concern replaces another with worries over the condition of the pitch at the Fukuoka Stadium another worry after it cut up badly in the previous matches played there.
"Listen, we have to win our next two games to qualify".
Reid, however, was not all concerned about the possibility of the typhoon striking at a time when they would need a bonus point victory against Japan to advance to the quarterfinals. As such, it is thought no decision on Ireland v Samoa would be taken until 48 hours before the game.