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Japan can take advantage after dress rehearsal, claims Joseph

Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph
Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph

Jamie Joseph believes Japan have lulled South Africa into a false sense of security ahead of tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final.

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The Brave Blossoms boss has dubbed Japan's 41-7 loss to South Africa on September 6 a "rehearsal", not a World Cup warm-up - with the implication that the Tokyo rematch will be no dry run.

Japan have starred at their home World Cup, hitting perfect pitch from opening night onwards in topping Pool A and booking a maiden last-eight battle.

The powerful Springboks have picked six forwards and just two backs on their bench in a clear bid to outmuscle the tournament hosts, but Japan head coach Joseph insisted his men know how to combat that threat.

"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," he said.

"What is clear is what South Africa are going to do. It's clear because of their selection of extra forwards on the bench. What is not so clear is what we're going to do and that's what I'm looking forward to."

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