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Rassie: Japan pushed Springboks hard


Rassie Erasmus says the Springboks got what they wanted from their World Cup warm-up Test against Japan in Kumagaya on Friday. The Boks scored six tries in their 41-7 win, with Makazole Mapimpi getting three, Cheslin Kolbe two and Herschel Jantjies one. However, Erasmus said the match was tougher than the scoreline suggests. REPORT: Boks batter Japan to bury ghosts of Brighton 'Japan pushed us hard, right to the end. We led 22-0 at half-time but they scored that try after Frans Steyn's pass went loose, which gave them hope. They are a dangerous team and really challenged us. 'I really believe that if we progress from our pool there's a chance we may meet them again [in the knockout stage]. 'But the game went pretty much as we wanted it to. We put up a lot of contestable kicks because they have not faced that much and we wanted to see how they handled that. 'We scored four of our tries from contestable kick turnovers, so we're happy how that turned out. 'Having said that, I think the scoreboard flattered us today.' Photo: @Springboks/Twitter