That would be as close as Hong Kong would get, though, as Japan scored four more tries in the last quarter to put the gloss on their first tournament win since they beat the Netherlands in 2002.The vision of Minori Yamamoto created the fifth try, a lovely kick through resulting in a try for second-row Ayano Sakurai before a great line from centre Makiko Tomita, back involved after serving a three-match suspension for her red card on day one, saw her touch down.

Japan then finished with a flourish for their fans, Sakurai driving over from close range before flanker flanker Suzuki, showing the vision and pace of a winger, broke free and raced away from halfway to score her side’s eighth try.

Japan captain Seina Saito: “We can be very happy to have got the win. We have been talking with other players and we will be back for the next World Cup. To have two Asian teams in the World Cup is a great step forward for Asian rugby.”

Women's Rugby World CupHong Kong captain Chow Mei Nam: “It is the first time we are in a World Cup and we wanted to create a legacy for Hong Kong. We created it and it was tough but we never gave up until the end.

I think we can improve our rugby intensity and get more girls to come and enjoy the rugby and we will come back. We are very happy to be here for Hong Kong and to represent Hong Kong. Everyone is supporting us in Hong Kong and we will play better.”