Their ranking progress in the tournament can be assessed by their two major jumps in ranking score which coincided with the two shock results. Their reward is a quarter final game against South Africa, and although they remain the lower ranked team, who’s to say they won’t be able to pull off a hat trick of shock results and repeat the result from the 2015 Rugby World Cup?
Regardless of what happens next, Japan as a team, and country have delivered in a great tournament and the knock-out stages seem as exciting a prospect as ever!
Scotland on the other hand will be disappointed with their performance in this match and the whole tournament. Below par performances against Ireland, and now Japan, mean their ranking score has lost 0.5 points over the World Cup, despite them regaining some of their points in the middle with high scoring victories over the lower ranked opponents of Samoa and Russia.
Scotland held onto their rank of 7th throughout the Pool stages, although they’re now closer to the likes of Argentina and France in ranking, and putting together a run of impressive results to bring them closer to the likes of Australia, South Africa and Wales seems to have been lost opportunity on this occasion.
So, Japan look stronger than anticipated and Scotland underperformed in this tournament, but what of the other 18 teams in the Pool stages? Read our comprehensive review coming soon to find out.