Duane Vermeulen got back to snag him and followed it up with a dominant tackle as Japan pounded the line before Damian De Allende won a key turnover penalty under his own posts.
"So just for the changes, firstly, Tupou had HIA (head injury assessment) at the last game against Scotland, and he failed the medical protocols, so he was ruled out of the selection, and what we did was to promote Yamanaka to starting fifteen and Lemeki onto the bench". "We played a style of rugby that was planning around the World Cup, not around South Africa".
The Springboks are very strong, very direct and it would be a massive shock if they were to fall against Japan again. South Africa's physical muscle could ultimately tip this in their favour, but they will have to overcome a fearsome attack and the overwhelming home support, in a contest which is likely to be much closer than the odds suggest.
Yet Eddie Jones' side humiliated a vastly experienced Springboks team with their exciting brand of rugby, coming from behind to secure the most dramatic and unlikely of victories.
Revenge - from the Springboks' humiliating loss in Brighton four years ago to SA Rugby Union's supposed role in ridding Super Rugby of the Sunwolves - will feature heavily; the survivors, seven from the visitors and six from the hosts, will come in for special mention; divided loyalties, given how welcome the Boks have been in Japan, might even feature (don't hold your breath); and history (on Japan's part) will beckon.More news: Rooney steps out: GOP member 'thinking' about impeachment
He said it had "stuck with" them until they beat the Brave Blossoms 41-7 in a warm-up to this World Cup.
"Now it's a different game again". But the reality is, this is the Springboks' chance to finally avenge that last-minute 34-32 defeat four years ago.
"What is not so clear is what we are going to do; that is what I am looking forward to".
South Africa lost its opening pool game against New Zealand but then had the luxury of playing teams much lower in the world rankings.
"Luckily for us, it's been do-or-die since the first game, so we've been in that mindset for a couple of weeks now", said Kolisi.More news: Doral will No Longer Host G-7 Summit
Despite the weight of being the host nation on their shoulders, the Brave Blossoms have spent this week treating this game as any other.
"We're really proud with what we've achieved at the World Cup", said Japan coach Jamie Joseph. We have all prepared for it mentally ... we know what needs to be done.
It started brightly and for 40 minutes it was evenly matched, but as the game wore on the end became all the more inevitable and, in truth, only the Sprimgboks' profligacy kept Japan in the game.
His opposite number, Yu Tamura, did not have a game to remember back in September.
Before each match, Michael Leitch and his Japan squad have left the field in a battle-like formation after their warmup, each man in widening ranks behind the captain and with his right hand gripping the shoulder of the teammate in front.More news: Adele, Kris Jenner among guests at Jennifer Lawrence’s rehearsal dinner
As Brown said, "It's a one-off quarterfinal".