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It's all over! The referee has blown their whistle to end the game.

80'

Agustin Creevy comes on.

77'

Julian Montoya comes off.

77'

This is dangerous for the defence as Jack Cornelsen bursts through to advance the Japan attack.

75'
Penalty Goal

Nicolas Sanchez has kicked a penalty goal.

74'

Argentina make a substitution with Francisco Gomez Kodela coming on.

70'

Argentina make a substitution with Eduardo Bello coming off.

70'

Japan make a substitution with Amanaki Saumaki coming on.

69'

Japan make a substitution with Pieter Labuschagne coming off.

69'

Japan make a substitution with Ryohei Yamanaka coming on.

69'

Japan make a substitution with Ryoto Nakamura coming off.

69'

Argentina make a substitution with Matias Moroni coming on.

69'

Argentina make a substitution with Lucio Cinti coming off.

69'
Conversion

The Argentina supporters go wild as Nicolas Sanchez successfully kicks the conversion.

69'
Try

A series of passes by Argentina results in a try for Mateo Carreras

67'

A gap opened in the defence and Mateo Carreras took full advantage.

67'

Juan Cruz Mallia sets up the try.

67'

A gap opened in the defence and Emiliano Boffelli took full advantage.

67'

Argentina make a substitution with Joel Sclavi coming on.

66'

Argentina make a substitution with Thomas Gallo coming off.

66'
Conversion

The Japan supporters go wild as Rikiya Matsuda successfully kicks the conversion.

66'
Try

Great hands by Japan leads to a try for Jone Naikabula

64'

Lomano Lemeki sets up the try.

64'

Jone Naikabula comes on for Japan.

59'

Kotaro Matsushima leaves the field.

59'
Conversion

The touch judges raise their flags as Emiliano Boffelli kicks the conversion.

59'

Nicolas Sanchez comes on for Argentina.

58'

Santiago Carreras leaves the field.

58'

Lautaro Bazan Velez comes on for Argentina.

58'

Gonzalo Bertranou leaves the field.

58'
Try

A penetrating move by Argentina results in a try for Emiliano Boffelli.

57'

What a run here by Emiliano Boffelli as they get over the gainline!

57'

Juan Cruz Mallia played a key part in that try.

57'
Drop Goal

Lomano Lemeki kicks a drop goal and it is OVER!

55'
Penalty Goal

Rikiya Matsuda does the business as their penalty goal attempt goes over.

51'

Warner Dearns comes on.

50'

Amato Fakatava comes off.

50'

Japan decide to make a substitution, with Atsushi Sakate getting some game time.

47'

Japan decide to make a substitution, with Shota Horie being replaced.

47'

Argentina decide to make a substitution, with Pedro Rubiolo getting some game time.

47'

Argentina decide to make a substitution, with Tomas Lavanini being replaced.

47'

Japan decide to make a substitution, with Craig Millar getting some game time.

47'

Japan decide to make a substitution, with Keita Inagaki being replaced.

47'
Conversion

Emiliano Boffelli adds the two points for Argentina.

46'
Try

Slick passing by Argentina leads to a try for Mateo Carreras.

45'

Mateo Carreras makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.

45'

Spellbinding play by Lucio Cinti is finished off with a try.

45'

Argentina make a substitution with Eduardo Bello coming on.

42'

Argentina make a substitution with Francisco Gomez Kodela coming off.

42'

Japan make a substitution with Asaeli Ai Valu coming on.

42'

Japan make a substitution with Jiwon Gu coming off.

42'

Fabulous play by Japan has led to Siosaia Fifita being able to wriggle through a gap.

41'

Fabulous play by Argentina has led to Juan Martin Gonzalez being able to wriggle through a gap.

40'

The second half kicks off.

40'

The half-time whistle blows and both teams head for the dressing rooms.

40'
Conversion

Rikiya Matsuda does the business as their conversion attempt goes over.

38'
Try

Incisive passing by Japan is finished off by Naoto Saito, as they goes over for the try.

37'

That's a great try assist by Siosaia Fifita.

37'

Fabulous play by Japan has led to Siosaia Fifita being able to wriggle through a gap.

37'
Penalty Goal

The Argentina supporters go wild as Emiliano Boffelli successfully kicks the penalty goal.

34'

Trouble here as Michael Leitch breaches the defence.

30'

Emiliano Boffelli curls the ball too far, missing the posts to the left.

29'
Try

Silky skills by Argentina ends with a try for Mateo Carreras.

27'

Gonzalo Bertranou played a key part in that try.

27'

Trouble here as Julian Montoya breaches the defence.

27'

Rikiya Matsuda has their drop goal charged down!

27'

Argentina decide to make a substitution, with Matias Alemanno getting some game time.

24'

Argentina decide to make a substitution, with Pablo Matera being replaced.

24'

Emiliano Boffelli takes the penalty but the ball didn't come round, staying right of the posts.

23'
Yellow Card

Pieter Labuschagne (Japan) is shown a yellow card

22'
Conversion

Rikiya Matsuda converts the try.

16'
Try

A bit of individual brilliance by Amato Fakatava leads to a try for Japan

15'

A gap opened in the defence and Amato Fakatava took full advantage.

14'

A gap opened in the defence and Juan Cruz Mallia took full advantage.

14'

A gap opened in the defence and Lomano Lemeki took full advantage.

11'

A gap opened in the defence and Emiliano Boffelli took full advantage.

8'

The defensive line has been broken as Emiliano Boffelli goes through the gap.

6'
Conversion

Emiliano Boffelli has kicked a conversion.

1'
Try

A stunning solo try from Santiago Chocobares

1'

The defensive line has been broken as Santiago Chocobares goes through the gap.

1'

Santiago Carreras sets up the try.

1'

We are underway as the referee blows their whistle.

0'
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Bonus Points Awarded

+1
5 Tries scored

Match Details

Argentina v Japan

Rugby World Cup - Round 5
Sun 8th October 2023, 07:00am
Stade de la Beaujoire

Points Flow Chart

 
Japan
Argentina
Japan
Time in lead
Argentina
0
Mins in lead
70
0%
% Of Game In Lead
88%
55%
Possession Last 10 min
45%
0
Points Last 10 min
3

Key Events

Full Time
Sanchez
74'
27 - 39
Sanchez
69'
27 - 36
Carreras
67'
27 - 34
Matsuda
27 - 29
66'
Naikabula
25 - 29
64'
Boffelli
59'
20 - 29
Boffelli
57'
20 - 27
Lemeki
20 - 22
55'
Matsuda
17 - 22
51'
Boffelli
46'
14 - 22
Carreras
45'
14 - 20
Half Time
Matsuda
14 - 15
38'
Saito
12 - 15
37'
Boffelli
34'
7 - 15
Carreras
27'
7 - 12
Labuschagne
7 - 7
22'
Matsuda
7 - 7
16'
Fakatava
5 - 7
15'
Boffelli
1'
0 - 7
Chocobares
1'
0 - 5
Start

Win Probability

Japan
18%
Draw
0%
Argentina
82%
Ruck-Won by Emiliano Boffelli

Momentum

0'
HT
FT
Japan
Argentina

22m Entries

Avg. Points Scored
2.1
11
Entries
Avg. Points Scored
6
6
Entries

Attack Profile

Japan
Argentina
More Less More

Defence Profile

Japan
Argentina
More Less More

Ruck Speed

0-3 secs
44%
66%
3-6 secs
41%
22%
6+ secs
9%
11%
72
Rucks Won
95

Last 5 Penalties

62'
63'
73'
76'
79'
Japan
Argentina

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Who Will Win?

Japan vs Argentina promises to be one of the ties of the tournament. After all, it’s a pivotal encounter and the winner will advance to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup as the runner-up in Pool D.

Argentina will enter the game as the favourites, but you can never count out the Brave Blossoms, who have been known to spring several surprises at the Rugby World Cup over the years.

Think you know which way this pivotal Japan vs Argentina encounter will go? Vote in our poll below.

Head-to-Head

Over the years, Japan and Argentina have faced each other six times, with Argentina winning five encounters and Japan winning once. However, the sides have not faced each other since 2016 and they haven’t faced each other at a Rugby World Cup since 1999.

Our data doesn’t quite go back this far, but it does show you what happened during the last Japan vs Argentina encounter, when Argentina won 54-20.

As the two sides continue to face each other, this data will continually update and you’ll be able to spot patterns, such as how often the home team wins and how often the team that scores the first try wins.

Team Form

Both sides will enter the clash on the back of wins. Argentina defeated Chile 59-5 in their last game, while Japan edged past Samoa.

Overall, as the data below shows, there’s very little to choose between the two teams in terms of overall form. However, going into this matchup, Argentina have the edge in terms of wins, tries scored and points difference in their last five matches.

Player Head-to-Head

A tight game like Japan vs Argentina can hinge on one mistake, one piece of class or a single player winning their individual battle. With this in mind, here’s a rundown of how two of Japan and Argentina’s star players have fared recently.

Other Fixtures

We think this weekend’s Japan vs Argentina game is one of the clashes of the Rugby World Cup so far. After all, it’s a winner-takes-all battle for qualification. However, several other important games are also taking place. Check out the latest fixtures and results below.

Japan vs Argentina 2023: Detailed Match Preview

On Sunday 08th October, 2023, Japan will face Argentina at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

This particular instalment of Japan vs Argentina will perhaps be the most important ever. After all, the winner of this game will advance to the quarter-final stage of the competition as the runner-up in Pool D, while the loser will exit the tournament.

There’s so much on the line here that this game promises to be a classic encounter between two teams that will leave everything on the pitch. We can’t wait to see what happens.

When was the first Japan vs Argentina game? When was the first Japan vs Argentina game?

The first Japan vs Argentina game took place in 1993, when Japan toured Argentina. After an incredibly close game, Argentina emerged victorious 30-27.

Have Japan ever played against Argentina at the Rugby World Cup? Have Japan ever played against Argentina at the Rugby World Cup?

Yes, Japan have faced Argentina once before at a Rugby World Cup. The two sides met during the 1999 Rugby World Cup and Argentina won the game 33-12.

Have Japan ever beaten Argentina? Have Japan ever beaten Argentina?

Yes. Japan and Argentina have faced each other six times in history. Argentina have won five of these encounters, while Japan have won one. This was a 44-29 victory in Tokyo in 1998.

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