The Courageous Blossoms induced the largest upset in World Cup historical past 4 years in the past with their ‘Miracle of Brighton’ win over the Springboks.
However it will rank as no shock to see the hosts repeat that feat when the groups meet once more on this yr’s quarter-final showdown in Tokyo on Sunday.
Jamie Joseph’s aspect have already proved their credentials by beating Eire and Scotland on their strategy to topping Pool A with 4 straight wins.
However Toulouse winger Kolbe is assured his aspect is not going to be distracted by painful recollections.
He mentioned: “In case you take a look at the present World Cup and evaluate it again to 2015, the rugby has positively gone a distinct method.
“It’s not the identical model of rugby being performed. Groups are very rather more technical at present than the earlier event.
“However figuring out we had the loss to Japan in 2015, I wouldn’t say that’s caught in our head. We all know that it occurred however that is 4 years later.
“We’re playing Japan in the quarter-final so we will make sure we’re really well prepared and won’t have what happened in 2015 in the back of our heads.”
Each Eire and Scotland struggled to include Japan’s relentless power in assault.
The tempo and ruthlessness of wingers Kenki Fukuoka and Kotaro Matsushima has been key to their success, with the pair contributing 9 tries between them to date.
Neither rank among the many giants of the sport however at 5ft 7ins himself, Kolbe is aware of it’s not at all times dimension that counts.
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He mentioned: “There’s a saying that dynamite is available in small packages.
“I feel all of it is dependent upon totally different gamers. All of us have one thing particular to contribute to our numerous groups.
“Each Japanese wingers are enjoying actually phenomenal rugby.
“I performed towards Fukuoka on the Rio Olympics. He’s a very good participant and could be very highly effective and explosive.
“I additionally performed towards Matsushima again in 2012 when he was enjoying within the Currie Cup in South Africa. I do know he likes to run with the ball and have quite a lot of freedom.
“However what occurs on Sunday will come right down to the group that desires it essentially the most.
“Japan are enjoying some actually thrilling rugby. They’re giving the ball quite a lot of air and so they wish to stretch your defence buildings.
“That is a style I love to play, but as a team we have our own plan that we will try to implement.”
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