Liam Toland: Japan gave Ireland a lesson in how to value the ball

Host nation never looked back after forcing scrum penalty just before half-time

Japan’s pack get ready to scrum down against Ireland during the Rugby World Pool A game against Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s pack get ready to scrum down against Ireland during the Rugby World Pool A game against Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

How to frame one of the most amazing games of rugby I’ve ever seen; in defeat?

Maybe by taking Friday’s ‘rewards’ and overlaying it on Japan. I had been referring to rewards from referees but today I wonder about playing styles rewards. I’ll base this on scrum, lineout, general play, defence and finally the opposition.

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