Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Typhoon Hagibis affecting Japan travel: what to know

Typhoon Hagibis affecting Japan travel: what to know

Japan were allowed to regain possession and went on to score the fourth try they needed for a bonus point that could prove decisive - at Scotland's expense - if Sunday's game goes ahead.

Argentina ended a disappointing World Cup campaign on a high as they ran in seven tries to hammer the United States 47-17 with a sometimes scintillating backline display in their final Pool C game on Wednesday. As it happened, Leitch went on earlier than expected when No. 8 Amanaki Mafi was injured in the 31st minute.

"He said at the end of the game that he wanted to empty the tank for the country, and our players have the opportunity now to build the tank up and empty it on Saturday week against whoever we play".

"The common-sense approach to this is to play the game 24 hours later in flawless safety where we can make sure that the pool stages are completed and the sporting integrity of the tournament remains intact".

Don't get me wrong, I'm as sad and frustrated as anyone that matches have been cancelled and that there are doubts over Japan v Scotland.

Now, World Rugby have released a statement of their own condemning the SRU for their strong comments claiming they, alongside the other 19 nations, signed the terms of participation before the tournament kicked off.

Desperate Scotland officials have urged Rugby World Cup bosses to see sense and push their win-or-go-home showdown with hosts Japan a day later in order to keep out of Typhoon Hagibis' path of destruction.

Scotland have been playing catch-up in this pool since limping to a 27-3 loss in their opening match against Ireland. Whether it's moving the games, changing the venue or changing the timings, it would have affected someone.

"I don't actually believe those figures but yes, we do need to improve in that area", said coach Gary Gold.

"We've already in the second half had tracks that we thought they should be quite good for us, and they've been able to beat us. So, yeah, happy. We'll see", added the 21-year-old Monegasque. "We have no regrets".

They are also in a logistical no-man's land, unsure of when they will be able to move from their current Tokyo Bay residence into the inner-city Japan hotel they have been designated for quarterfinal week.

However, it now appears that there was a contingency plan in place.

England coach Eddie Jones said he had no problems with the tournament decision and his team was "getting on with it".

Steve Hansen said yesterday he supported World Rugby's decision and that the All Blacks didn't have a choice in the matter. If we finish top, we probably get South Africa.

"It's important we build on the momentum we built against Samoa".

Storm surges are likely along the Pacific coast of Honshu on Saturday and Sunday, as is torrential rain, raising the risk of floods and landslides, public broadcaster NHK said.

As of Friday, the center of the storm Hagibis was around 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Chichijima, in the Ogasawara Islands, and was moving north-northwest at 25 kph (15 mph), Japan Times reported.

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