Rugby world cup 2019 Japan vs Russia match results ; Standing rugby world cup
Full-time: Japan 30-10 Russia
Nigel Owens blows his whistle and it’s all over. An appropriately entertaining way to open the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Russia gave Japan a bit of a scare, leading as they did until just before half-time. Understandably there were some nerves in Japanese ranks, but they steadied the ship, and their superiority showed - particularly in the second half as they took total control. The likes of Ireland, Scotland and Samoa will not be taking either of these teams lightly, but Japan look to have a serious chance of upsetting one of their northern hemisphere rivals and grabbing a place in the quarter-finals.
Japan celebrate their 30-10 win.
Updated at 08:52 EDT
80min: Ryan on The Mexican Wave:
“The Wave was not invented by Seattle Seahawks fans. ESPN had a short 30 for 30 documentary on it, and it was some baseball team in the early 1980s, with the credit either going to the team’s PA announcer or this one crazy fan. I think the team was the San Francisco Giants."
Updated at 08:43 EDT
79 min: Look, I’ve probably missed a couple of these second-half replacements, but Japan are winning by 20 points, and man of the match Kotaro Matsushima has scored a hat-trick for the hosts. Those are the headlines.
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