Japan fired up to face Springboks

Date published: September 14 2015

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Japan lock Hitoshi Ono wants his side to thrive off the atmosphere in the team's first Rugby World Cup game this Saturday against South Africa.

Ono, now 37, will be playing in his third Rugby World Cup after featuring in 2007 and 2011.

Claiming on Sunday that Japan want to give South Africa a real scare, Ono hopes that neutral supporters in England will get behind his team.

"When you step out onto the field at a Rugby World Cup the atmosphere is incredible," said Ono.

"It comes down to how you take it all in. Do you let it get to you and shrivel up, or do you enjoy it and feed off it?

"If you learn to have fun, it will fire you up and fired up is what we want to be when we take on South Africa.

"We're going to stay low when we tackle, we're going to keep reloading and push the South African players all the way to the end to a point where they become scared of us.

"If we can do that, I'm sure the fans in England will get behind Japan and we want to use that as motivation.

"Our goal is to reach the last eight but we're not going to think too far ahead. We'll take it one game at a time and let the results take care of themselves."

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