Japan international Kenki Fukuoka scored a try and fellow Brave Blossom Rikiya Matsuda kicked 10 points to lift Panasonic Wild Knights into the semifinals of the Japan Rugby Top League playoffs with a 32-17 win over Canon Eagles on Saturday.
In the day's other quarterfinal, Jamie Henry scored two tries and Kieran Read, New Zealand's 2019 World Cup captain, scored another for Toyota Verblitz in their 33-29 win over NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, ending the season for another All Black from the last World Cup, TJ Perenara.
The Wild Knights and Verblitz will play next Saturday in the semifinals at Osaka's Hanazono Rugby Ground.
On Sunday, Kobe Kobelco Steelers will play Kubota Spears for the right to play Suntory Sungoliath in the other semifinal a week later. Suntory advanced to the semifinals after their quarterfinal opponents, Ricoh Black Rams were unable to field a team due to coronavirus infections within the club.
The May 23 final will be the last hurrah for the Top League, which will be replaced by a new three-tier league starting in January 2022.