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Sport 'People are suffering': Japan pay tribute to Hagibis victims after win

23:45  13 october  2019
23:45  13 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph paid tribute to the communities hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis after his side's historic World Cup win over Scotland on Sunday.

a group of people playing football on a field: Jonny Gray of Scotland jumps highest in the lineout. © Getty Images Jonny Gray of Scotland jumps highest in the lineout.

Joseph was ecstatic about his side's first qualification for a Rugby World Cup knockout round, but prefaced his comments with a nod to those who were affected by the damaging super storm, which had killed dozens of people by Sunday night.

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"I think it is important to acknowledge what went on last night with regards to the typhoon," he said.

"We woke up this morning and nine people had been killed and 12 missing and are still missing. We talked about that as a team. Sometimes those sorts of things can be overwhelming, but I think it came out in the mix today.

"While we are celebrating, a lot of people are suffering."

Michael Leitch et al. watching a football game: 'People are suffering': Japan captain Michael Leitch and coach Jamie Joseph paid tribute to those affected by the typhoon. © AP 'People are suffering': Japan captain Michael Leitch and coach Jamie Joseph paid tribute to those affected by the typhoon.

Japan beat Scotland in a 28-21 thriller to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. They have now taken down three major tier one nations at World Cups, following the so-called 'Brighton Miracle' win over South Africa in 2015, and wins over Ireland and Scotland this year.

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Captain Michael Leitch said the team felt the game was about more than just their own glory.

"Before the match started at the team hotel, the players already knew how this game was more than just us, that a lot of people suffered in the typhoon for this game to happen," Leitch said.

"There were guys up late last night with sponges.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that for 80 minutes tonight."

It was bitter disappointment for Scotland and coach Gregor Townsend, despite a two-try comeback that put the capacity crowd on tenterhooks for the final 15 minutes.

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Scotland crawled out of a 28-7 hole to challenge until the final seconds but, after Ireland beat Samoa, needed to win by more than eight points.

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"We started really well but then we didn’t see much of the ball for the rest of the first half," Townsend said.

"Part of that was down to what Japan were doing when they had the ball, but the two tries we conceded were soft, one from our possession and another from a re-start.

"The players put a huge effort into that period after half-time and after 58 minutes we were only seven points behind. But we didn’t do enough in that last 20 minutes to get the win."

Townsend was asked whether he thought he was the right coach to keep leading Scotland. Their failure in Japan sees them become only the second Scotland team to bow out of a World Cup in the group stages.

"We came here with high aspirations and getting out of the pool was stage one of that. We have worked really hard over the last four months and throughout this tournament to get further than we have. It is very disappointing to not make it out of the pool," he said.

"There is a lot more in this team. Experiences are what make you as a group, and how you react to these experiences. That was a unique situation we were in tonight.

"It was always going to be a challenge given the way Japan were playing and the (three-day) turnaround, but we had the team and the ability to go on and win by the necessary amount of points. That we didn’t is a huge disappointment. 

"You don’t get another shot in a World Cup, but we have got to improve as we hit our next tournament in the Six Nations in a few months' time."

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