It was a long time coming and Japan deservedly took the lead against Ireland in the 59th minute of their Pool A clash, much to the delight of their fans.
Two early tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland take an early commanding lead, however, it has been all Japan since.
From their ferocious work at the breakdown to some epic handling from the likes of Timothy Lafaele, Japan have asked serious questions of Ireland and they have been answered none too convincingly.
Their opening try came from an accidental offside from Chris Farrell, gifting the hosts a scrum 15 metres from the try line.
72: Penalty Japan!
The hosts lead by 7 with 8 minutes left.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) September 28, 2019
Again, it was their wonderful handling at play that sent Kenki Fukuoka across the line with gaping holes in the scrambling Irish defence out wide. Yu Tamura knocked over the extras to give them a four-point advantage.
The atmosphere in the Shizuoka Stadium has been electric all day with the home crowd cheering every turnover and penalty as though it were a seven-pointer.
Therefore, it was no surprise that the stadium erupted with euphoria as Japan took the lead.
Japan have since extended their lead with a penalty following another Irish offside and with less than 10 minutes left, we are well on our way to another shock result in this year’s Rugby World Cup.