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Sport Scotland's Townsend optimistic Japan showdown will go ahead

17:50  10 october  2019
17:50  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Gregor Townsend has called on World Cup organisers to do everything they can to ensure Scotland ’ s win-or-bust clash with Japan goes ahead on Sunday – even if it means playing the crucial showdown behind closed doors.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend trusted his backup players with the responsibility. Scotland ' s reserves scored nine tries in routing Russia 61-0 at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, more than enough for the victory and the bonus point the Scots wanted to set up a Sunday showdown with host

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HAMAMATSU, Japan (Reuters) - Scotland coach Gregor Townsend is optimistic the weather will clear sufficiently after Typhoon Hagibis passes through to ensure his side's must-win clash with Japan goes ahead in Yokohama on Sunday.

He said his understanding of the rules was that the day of the match could not be changed. But he said had also been told "things can change" if a force majeure is declared under "exceptional circumstances", and he did not know whether that could yet make Monday a possible date.

Rugby World Cup organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling the England-France clash in Yokohama and New Zealand-Italy game in Toyota City on Saturday because of the expected destructive effects of the typhoon.

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Japan vs Scotland - a Pool A qualification showdown to decide who goes through to the World Cup quarter-finals. However, there is a big question mark hanging over Gregor Townsend has urged the Rugby World Cup organisers to do all they can to ensure Scotland ' s match with Japan goes ahead

Gregor Townsend has urged the Rugby World Cup organisers to do all they can to ensure Scotland ' s match goes ahead . Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference, the Dark "They have made the call with a lot of certainty and a lot of confidence that the game will go ahead on Sunday night.

Read more: England v France cancelled due to typhoon (The Independent)

With the storm expected to have passed through by Sunday, a decision on the Pool A clash between the tournament hosts and Scotland would not be made until the morning of the game.

"We believe that the game hasn't been cancelled because the weather will be better on Sunday and it looks like the game will be played," Townsend told reporters in Hamamatsu.

"That's what we have to put faith in, that they have made that call with a lot of certainty and confidence that the game will be played on Sunday night."

Watch: World Rugby chief announces England v France cancellation (The Independent)

Tournament regulations state that cancelled games are ruled a 0-0 draw, with two points going to each team, which would end Scotland's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

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SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — Scotland coach Gregor Townsend trusted his backup players with the responsibility. They repaid him nine times over. It put the Scots in touching distance of Pool A leader Japan and second-placed Ireland ahead of the final group games this weekend.

Scotland beat Russia 61-0, their biggest win in 15 years, and earned the bonus point they needed just five minutes into the second half. World Rugby have not announced their contingency plans yet and it is not clear whether, when, or where the match will go ahead .

Townsend's side need to win the game, preferably with a bonus point, to ensure they advance.

The host nation would qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time if their match in Yokohama is called off.

Watch: 'Scotland are not happy' (Sky Sports)

Townsend said that early indications of the typhoon were that it might not hit Yokohama until Sunday and that World Rugby had mentioned the possibility of moving the match.

Scottish media reported the team had been quietly hoping for a shift to Kobe if that was the case.

"Maybe yesterday, when it looked like the weather was going to be rougher on Sunday, there seemed to be discussion about looking at an alternative venue," Townsend said.

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Now Super Typhoon Hagibis has Scotland v Japan game in its sights

  Now Super Typhoon Hagibis has Scotland v Japan game in its sights Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor said he was not aware of any contact from World Rugby to discuss possible contingency plans after latest forecasting suggested Super Typhoon Hagibis, which is bound for Japan this weekend, could now threaten the Yokohama area, where the Scots are due to face the hosts in a potential quarter-final decider on Sunday. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd It had been initially thought that the southern part of Japan would be the worst hit by what is now a Category 5 (the highest) storm, the biggest of typhoon season, with Hagibis being described as the most violent and powerful storm in the world this year,

Scotland supporters left Shizuoka in a merry old state but for those planning to kick-on for Yokohama this lack of clarity was challenging. Having Scotland running at them relentlessly must have been torture. They just didn't have the energy to push back the tide.

Scotland went down 27-3 to the Irish and was despondent. It responded by beating Samoa 34-0 and also blanking Russia. Scotland did more than enough to show that Sunday’s game against Japan will be a humdinger, especially as most of Scotland ’ s best players had a rest on Wednesday evening.

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"The way I read the rules was you can't change days, but you could change venues – contingencies would be in place.

"I have since been told there is force majeure (rule), that things can change because of exceptional circumstances," he said. "If that means Monday because it takes a day for things (infrastructure) to be put back in order, then who knows.

"But just now I think they are planning for it to go ahead on Sunday," he said.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Toyota City, Japan; Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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World Rugby are monitoring the situation and i understands key matches could be moved to other stadiums in case of inclement weatheri understands the World Cup's tournament rules which state clearly that a pool match cannot be rescheduled to a later date still stand, and it would currently not be possible for a match such as Ireland vs Samoa to be moved from Saturday to Sunday to take over a time slot and venue occupied by Canada vs Namibia in Kamaishi or USA vs Tonga in Osaka.

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