On Saturday, rugby fans will be able to relive how Japan made history by securing a place in the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2019 with a 28-21 victory over Scotland.

An incredible 54.8 million Japanese watched the game on national free-to-air broadcaster NTV as it unfolded in Yokohama last October, not to mention the millions glued to their screens worldwide, and you can watch the breathtaking action once again via World Rugby's live streaming service on the official Rugby World Cup Facebook page and World Rugby YouTube channel, at 13:00 BST and 19:00 BST.

And that's not all. Expert commentary, live blogging and thoughts from those who were there, will generate a truly immersive and engaging experience for fans around the world.

Scotland had run out 45-10 winners against Asia's finest at Kingsholm during RWC 2015, but in the intervening four years, Japan’s steady improvement – they broke into the World Rugby Men’s Ranking top 10 – and their win over Ireland earlier in the tournament arguably made them favourites for the match.

The miracle of Yokohama

It took a monumental effort from the venue staff to make sure the fixture at Yokohama International Stadium went ahead as scheduled following the destruction caused when Typhoon Hagibis swept through the country the day before, and the Brave Blossoms were not about to let the nation down.

With 200,000 Japan jerseys sold as Rugby World Cup fever gripped the Asian nation, a sea of red and white greeted the Brave Blossoms inside the stadium.

Spurred on by the support and the emotion surrounding the occasion, Japan produced an irresistible display of attacking rugby to lead 28-7 early in the second half.

The outstanding Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka all scored for Japan in a breathtaking first half, after Finn Russell had threatened to spoil the party with the opening try, before Fukuoka added a second as the Brave Blossoms booked a date with South Africa in the quarter-finals at Scotland’s expense.

Gregor Townsend's side needed four more points than Jamie Joseph’s side to maintain their interest in the tournament and threw everything at the hosts, but despite second-half tries from WP Nel and Zander Ferguson, they fell short.

By the time the final whistle sounded amid the euphoria, it felt as though Japanese rugby had reached new heights, and indeed it had with the victory lifting the Brave Blossoms to an all-time high of seventh in the rankings. Sixth place would be theirs, temporarily, following Australia's quarter-final loss to England a week later.

More than a match

“Before the match at the team hotel the players already knew this game was about more than just us, that a lot of people suffered in the typhoon for this game to happen,” said Japan captain Michael Leitch.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that for 80 minutes. It’s great for Japanese rugby and rugby in Asia. For us to qualify for the quarter-finals is shifting the goalposts. We’re not coming out next week to have a good game and lose. We’re coming out to win.”

South Africa proved a step too far in the last eight, but Japan exited the tournament with their heads held high and having inspired a nation, becoming the first 'tier two' nation to reach the quarter-finals for 12 years.