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Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

  1. A result for the ages

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland


    So, after their famous victory over South Africa at the 2015 tournament, Japan have claimed another mighty scalp by beating Ireland in the 2019 edition that they are hosting.

    The victory throws Pool A wide open.

    Japan, who play Scotland in their final groups game have two wins from two matches, with both the Scots and Irish now with one defeat on their record.

    Bonus points could come into play to decide the final standings with New Zealand and South Africa likely to face whichever teams progress in the final eight.

    The result will be a massive filip for the tournament though with the hosts now with a very real chance of making the last-eight target they set out before it's start.

    You can catch up with Michael Morrow's report from Shizuoka over here and we will have all the best reaction from a seismic result on the BBC Sport website and app.

  2. Big in Japan

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland


    The Brave Blossoms are leading the Japanese news websites

  3. Japan break new ground

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland

    Japan celebrate
    • Japan have recorded their first ever victory against Ireland in Test rugby, they’d lost each of their previous seven by an average margin of 31 points.
    • Three of Ireland’s last four pool stage defeats at the Rugby World Cup have come against the host nation, also losing to Australia in 2003 and France in 2007 (also v Argentina in 2007).
    • Japan have won five of their last six matches at the Rugby World Cup, this after winning just one of their initial 24 matches at the tournament (D2, 21).
    • Ireland have lost to a non-Tier 1 nation at the Rugby World Cup for the first time, they’d won each of their previous 15 such games.
  4. 'We knew how tough it would be'

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    Rory Best

    Ireland hooker Rory Best on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We knew how tough it was going to be, anyone who is utterly shock hasn't seen how good they were. We had a game plan and were prepared, we made a few mistakes and were on the wrong side of the penalty count.

    "But Japan played really well and posed us a lot of questions, unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers.

    "When you play the host team it's always tough, we didn't start how we wanted and we let them play, sometimes we were chasing shadows. You have to give credit to Japan, they attacked us minute after minute.

    "We have to dust ourselves down and get better."

  5. 'We backed ourselves'

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland

    Pieter Labuschagne

    Japan's Pieter Labuschagne on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We are really happy, it is difficult to put it into words, just proud of every boy. That was a great game (against South Africa), but we came into this tournament with a new goal and knew what we wanted to do. We backed ourselves going into this game.

    "I just want to thank each and everyone for coming out to support us, you were amazing."

  6. Post update

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    More from Joe Schmidt, on 5 Live: "Congratulations to Japan, what a furious and intense effort it was. We knew it was potentially coming. They are a tremendous side and did really well."

  7. Gratitude and glory

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland

    Michael Leitch

    Michael Leitch leads the Japan team in thanking the Shizuoka crowd.

    They were truly the 16th/24th man.

  8. Match stats

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    Japan fan


    Possession: 51%-49%

    Territory: 48%-52%

    Metres run: 471-318

    Clean breaks: 5-7

    Defenders beaten: 20-13

    Turnovers conceded: 13-15

    Tackles made/attempted: 158/171-127/147

    Penalties conceded: 6-9

  9. 'Japan didn't button off'

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland


    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt told ITV: "I felt we played well in the first quarter, we got into a 12-3 lead and then stopped playing. We probably fell on the wrong side of the penalty count. Three or four of them were for offsides that we felt were pretty tough.

    "It just gave them the front foot and they didn't button off. Congratulations to Japan, what an intense effort that was. We knew that was coming but we are disappointed we didn't manage to control the end of the game."

  10. 'This wasn't a fluke'

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    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live


    This tournament needed a second-tier nation to beat a first-tier nation and this was no fluke.- they thoroughly deserved it, out-played Ireland - all of a sudden this tournament becomes very, very tricky for Ireland.

    The approach to the game was wrong, quite naive. We looked one-dimensional, kept going one or two metres outside the ruck on each attack and that's exactly where the Japanese wanted us to go. Our kicking game wasn't very good, we should have made a change at nine earlier.

  11. 'Difficult to put into words'

    FT: Japan 19-12 Ireland

    Japan celebrate

    Speaking to ITV, Japan stand-in captain Pieter Labuschagne said: "We are really happy. It is difficult top put it into words but I'm proud of every man and it was a great team effort. That [South Africa 2015] was a great game but we came into this tournament with a new goal.

    "We knew what we wanted to do and we backed ourselves. I just want to thank everyone for taking time to come and support us. They were amazing."

  12. 'Ireland had no game'

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    Dennis Hickie

    Former Irish wing Denis Hickie on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Japan celebrate

    Ireland didn't score a point in the second half and didn't look like scoring a point, the chances they had to put any sort of pressure on Japan they didn't take, they had no game in the second half at all.

    Japan grew into the game but didn't ask huge questions, but asked enough to be the better side in the second half by some distance.

  13. Post update

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    Ben Ryan

    Fiji's Olympic Sevens gold medal-winning coach on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Seismic, what an amazing game of rugby. So much positive we can take from this. This was textbook from Japan, any young kids watching who want to see how to tackle properly should watch this Japan team.

  14. Post update

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    Becky Grey

    BBC Sport at Kobe fan zone

    Anyone who questioned whether Japanese people like rugby before this World Cup need only spend five minutes in the Kobe fan zone to get their answer.

    Absolute scenes, as they say. People screaming, jumping up and down, all the things you’d expect when your side has just caused a massive upset.

  15. Post update

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    Dennis Hickie

    Former Irish wing Denis Hickie on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Ireland have ceded control to the other teams in their group and all the mistakes from the warm up have come back to haunt them.

    Remember the runners-up from this Pool will most likely face the All Blacks in the last eight.

    The runners-up will probably face the Springboks. Which might be the marginally easier route to the final.

    Of course, Ireland might not fill either slot.