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Eddie Jones warns Scotland his Japan team are relishing Kingsholm showdown

Published 21/09/2015

Japan head coach Eddie Jones has Scotland in his sights after his side's shock victory over South Africa
Japan head coach Eddie Jones has Scotland in his sights after his side's shock victory over South Africa

Japan may be the sensation of the World Cup but coach Eddie Jones has warned Scotland his side have not peaked yet.

The Brave Blossoms caused the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history when they beat two-time winners South Africa in Brighton on Saturday.

They now turn their attentions to Wednesday's meeting with the Scots at Kingsholm and Jones is confident they can take another high-profile scalp.

"Next it's the most important game in the World Cup, against Scotland," he said.

"We haven't just come here to make one splash in the pond, we are here to play a World Cup and we want to make the quarter-finals.

"If the players aren't excited after Saturday that would be a problem, they are excited. It's a quick turnaround but we are used to that."

Jones has made six changes to the side which stunned the Springboks, with Amanaki Lelei Mafi replacing injured number eight Hendrick Tui.

The Australian coach knows his side face an altogether different challenge against the Scots.

"Scotland are going to maul and high punt, it's probably not going to be a pretty game," he added.

"We have to front up physically in the set pieces and if we do that we will put ourselves in the game.

"We've got slight variations in how we want to play. Test match rugby is about fronting up in the first 30 minutes, and if we are still in it after 30 minutes then I reckon we can win the game.

"The start will be super important, we have to start early, but that can be hard after winning the previous game.

"To borrow a cricket analogy if you score 100, when you come out in your next innings you have to work even harder."

Japan's success has caused a stir around the rugby-loving world and also in their homeland, where the usual national sports have been knocked off the back pages.

"Apparently rugby's on the news now, which is unusual," smiled Jones "It's usually sumo and baseball but the big guys have had to move out the way now.

"It's fantastic for the sport going forward. We want it to be a global sport, and an Asian country beating a top tier country really makes it global."

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