South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus figured the big win in Kumagaya on September 6 might mean people were less inclined to talk about Japan's shocking upset win over the Springboks at the 2015 World Cup, a 34-32 triumph that has been dubbed the "Miracle of Brighton".
The selection of six forwards among the replacements is a clear indication of coach Rassie Erasmus's strategy - attempt to bully Japan's pack with a physical onslaught for the full 80 minutes.
The first half was close - mostly due to South Africa's profligacy with the line at their mercy - and the teams had gone in with only two points separating them after an unconverted fourth-minute try by winger Makazole Mapimpi was countered by a Yu Tamura penalty for Japan. But he insists the high-tempo game plan that has already left both Ireland and Scotland in a daze can have the same effect on the Boks. "So, we are looking forward to the challenge".
"I have to use my technique given I'm small".
South Africa arrived at the tournament marked as one of the teams with the potential to walk away with the title. I'll keep my mind strong.
"But I've made a decision to go in determined to play with pride for this team".
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Samoa nearly got a second try late in the game but were denied by the TMO, ending their World Cup campaign in disappointment. Another penalty lineout maul pushed Ireland into the 22, and Furlong bulldozed through four defenders to claim a fine try.
"We'll start (working) tomorrow on them". Japan are happy to play the game at pace and the amount of individual match-winners that they have like Kotaro Matsushima (tournament joint top-try scorer after the pool stage) is wonderful.
"Yes, we've got some of the same players but that was an awesome achievement at the last World Cup, we're working on our own things and we won't be alluding to it".
Tamura was the leading scorer with 48 points in the group stage, and his combination with scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare has been instrumental in providing the connection between Japan's high-energy forwards and speedy backs.
"The way they've accepted all teams - not just South African teams - in terms of adopting you, wherever we've stayed, putting on South African jerseys and making you feel at home is something special which I've never experienced in my life before", he said.
At 1.75m, Japanese flyer Kenki Fukuoka looks down on few players at this tournament but the 1.71m Kolbe is one. He wasn't head coach four years ago, when Japan won three pool games but didn't reach the quarterfinals, so the expectations on him are different.
"I've renamed that Test match as a warm-up for South Africa and rehearsal for us and that's something that no other team in the World Cup quarter-finals have had and I think that's going to be a benefit for us". Handre Pollard plays at fly-half with Damian de Allende selected at inside centre. "I think there's only one thing they're going to do and that's come and physically intimidate us", Brown said.
Flanker Pieter Labuschagne has experience of both sides in this contest, having played in South Africa before moving to Japan seeking opportunities.