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2015/09/19 | 17:45 |  Rugby World Cup | Brighton Community Stadium |  Full Time
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As it happened: Springboks 32-34 Japan

2015-09-19 19:50
Last Updated at 11:48
19 Sep 20:11
Japan celebrate after beating the Springboks to cause arguably the greatest shock in rugby history... (Gallo Images)
19 Sep 20:05
South Africa's next game is against Samoa at Villa Park next Saturday, while Japan face Scotland at Kingsholm on Wednesday.
19 Sep 19:59


"We let ourselves down and we let our country down," says Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

19 Sep 19:58
19 Sep 19:53
Credit must also go to Japan coach Eddie Jones who is one of the best coaches in world rugby. Stormers fans will be happy to have him in Cape Town next year...
19 Sep 19:49

Well done to Japan! They thoroughly deserved it, outfoxing their bigger and more fancied opponents.

The Springboks should hang their heads in shame though. They have embarrassed themselves as well as the jersey they play for.

Probably the worst moment in Springbok rugby history...

19 Sep 19:46

FULL-TIME: South Africa 32-34 Japan

This is the greatest upset in the history of rugby union!

19 Sep 19:45

Goromaru misses with his conversion attempt but it doesn't matter.

Japan have beaten the Springboks!

19 Sep 19:44
84'- Replacement back Karne Hesketh is over in the corner to win the game for Japan.
19 Sep 19:43
84'- TRY to Japan!
19 Sep 19:42
83'- A big scrum from the Boks but Japan retain possession...
19 Sep 19:40
81'- The scrum is reset but the referee says there's time for one more...
19 Sep 19:40

80'- Penalty to Japan as Burger breaks his binding too soon...

They don't want the draw, they are going for the win! Another scrum is called...

19 Sep 19:38
79'- NO TRY! But it will be a five metre scrum for Japan with 30 seconds remaining.
19 Sep 19:37

79'- No ways the TMO can see a grounding there... even if the try was scored.

19 Sep 19:36

79'- Japan are over the line but referee Jerome Garces says it's held up.

However, he is going upstairs to the TMO...

19 Sep 19:35
78' - Japan are going for the win as they set up an attacking lineout!
19 Sep 19:34
78'- YELLOW CARD to Coenie Oosthuizen as Japan win a penalty close to the touchline.
19 Sep 19:34
78'- Japan are inches away from the line and they have a penalty advantage!
19 Sep 19:33

77'- Japan now into the red zone...

Are we seeing the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history?

19 Sep 19:32
76'- But Japan keep probing inside South African territory...
19 Sep 19:31
75'- Massive pressure on the Springbok scrum, but Du Preez manages to get it away...
19 Sep 19:30
75'- Whatever happens, Japan have done their nickname proud today: Brave Blossoms!
19 Sep 19:30
74' - Relief for South Africa as Japan flank Michael Leitch knocks the ball on in a promising attacking position...
19 Sep 19:28

72'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

SA 32-29 Japan

19 Sep 19:27

71'- No try, but the Japanese are caught off-side in front of their own posts.

Pollard will line up a kick at goal...

19 Sep 19:26
71'- Boks five metres out after a sniping break from Pollard...
19 Sep 19:25
70'- Bok sub: Pietersen on for Mvovo.
19 Sep 19:25
70'- The Boks have 10 minutes to avoid the ultimate most embarrassing moment of their lives!
19 Sep 19:24
69'- Goromaru CONVERTS his own try to level matters once more!
19 Sep 19:24
68'- Also great work done by SA-born wing Kotaro Matsushima in that move...
19 Sep 19:23
68'- Goromaru is over near the corner after a splendid backline move by Japan!
19 Sep 19:22
68'- TRY to Japan!
19 Sep 19:22
67'- Bok sub: Etzebeth on for De Jager.
19 Sep 19:19
65'- Burger is bundled out as another attacking move goes awry foo South Africa...
19 Sep 19:19
65'- The Boks can't get through as Nyakane knocks on, but the referee goes back for another penalty....
19 Sep 19:18
64'- Pollard sets up a lineout inside the Japan 22m area. Time to close out the game now for South Africa...
19 Sep 19:16

62'- CONVERSION slotted by Pollard.

SA 29-22 Japan

19 Sep 19:16
62'- Adriaan Strauss bursts through a tackle on the 22m line and runs through for the bonus-point try.
19 Sep 19:15
61'- TRY to the Springboks!
19 Sep 19:13

59'- PENALTY slotted by Goromaru.

SA 22-22 Japan

19 Sep 19:13
58'- Another kickable penalty for Japan. It's right in front, about 40m out...
  • 80'

    Japan go on the drive from a line-out on the Boks' five-metre line and make great progress! The Boks are floundering and the Brave Blossoms are eventually over the tryline. Referee Jérôme Garcès checks with his TMO, who rules that no try has been scored as Kolisi managed to hold the ball up from the ground.

  • 80'

    TRY, JAPAN, HESKETH! 32-34. Japan take the ball through several phases inside the Boks' 22 and eventually spin it wide! The ball comes out to Karne Hesketh who rounds off in the corner! The Boks are stunned! Japan's players go wild as they've just won their first game at the Rugby World Cup since 1991. That has to be the biggest upset in the tournament's history. Goromaru misses the conversion but it doesn't matter as the Brave Blossoms have won.

  • 80'

    South Africa 32 Japan 34

  • 79'

    It's all Japan at the moment! They are on the attack inside South Africa's 22. They take the ball through several phases but are met by a wall of green defenders!

  • 79'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, OOSTHUIZEN! Coenie Oosthuizen is sent to the sin bin when he fails to roll away from the wrong side of a ruck close to his tryline.

  • 76'

    Japan put great pressure on the Boks at a scrum. Burger does well to pick up and go just outside his 22.

  • 73'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 32-29. Pollard puts the Boks back in front with the three-pointer from in front of the posts.

  • 72'

    Pollard makes a break and is in the clear! He looks for support but is brought to ground inside Japan's 22. The Boks try to attack out wide but Japan are pinged for offside play on defence.

  • 70'

    CONVERSION, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 29-29. Goromaru draws his side level again! Great kick from the corner!

  • 69'

    TRY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 29-27. Japan strike back! From the line-out Kotaro Matsushima joins ther line at pace and offloads to Goromaru, who dives over in the right-hand corner!

  • 68'

    The Boks set up the phases close to Japan's 22 but are soon penalised when Coenie Oosthuizen cleans out a ruck without using his arms. Goromaru puts the resulting penalty out 10 metres from the Boks' 22.

  • 65'

    Victor Matfield is through a gap but stopped in his tracks close to Japan's tryline. He offloads to Trevor Nyakane who knocks on.

  • 63'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 29-22. Pollard adds the easy extras and the Boks have some breathing space!

  • 62'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, STRAUSS! 27-22. Adriaan Strauss runs onto a pass from Fourie du Preez on the edge of Japan's 22 and bumps off a defender before getting over for the Boks' fourth try!

  • 60'

    PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 22-22. Goromaru draws his side level again after Siya Kolisi is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 57'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 22-19. Lambie puts the Boks back in front after Japan's backs stray offside on defence.

  • 55'

    The Boks attack just outside Japan's 22 but lose possession when Kirchner's chip kick is gathered by Akihito Yamada.

  • 53'

    PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 19-19. We're all square here in Brighton! Goromaru's superb goalkicking continues after Burger is pinged for holding on to a tackled player on the ground.

  • 51'

    South Africa are on the attack after a couple of strong carries from De Villiers and De Jager but they lose possession when Burger knocks on after a double-hit from Fumiaki Tanaka and Luke Thompson.

  • 49'

    PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 19-16. Goromaru narrows the gap to three points with another well-taken penalty after Bismarck Du Plessis is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck.

  • 46'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 19-13. Lambie makes no mistake from the kicking tee!

  • 45'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE JAGER! 17-13. The Boks strike back immediately! Lood de Jager runs onto a pass from Pienaar, just outside Japan's 22, and charges through a tackle by Masataka Mikami. He's still got work to do but outsprints the cover defence and gets over for the Boks' third try!

  • 44'

    PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 12-13. Goromaru adds another three-pointer, after Beast Mtawarira is pinged for an indescretion at a ruck, and the Brave Blossoms are back in front!

  • 41'

    Kosei Ono gets the second half started with a short, rolling kick. De Villiers gathers and hits the deck close to his 10-metre line.

  • 40'

    The Boks take the ball through several phases inside Japan's 22 but there's no way through. The Japanese defence is outstanding and they eventually win a turnover! The ball is recycled and when the half-time hooter goes Kosei Ono boots the ball into touch. The Brave Blossoms have been fantastic in that opening half and will look to build on that effort after the break. The Boks have battled and look rattled. They'll have to step up in the second half if they want to take control of proceedings.

  • 40'

    South Africa 12 Japan 10

  • 39'

    Kirchner tries to put the Boks on the front-foot with an up-and-under but his effort is over-cooked and Goromaru calls for a mark inside his 22.

  • 36'

    The Boks are on the attack close to Japan's 10-metrel line but they make little progress as they are met by a wall of defenders.

  • 33'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, B DU PLESSIS! 12-10. The Boks launch another drive from a line-out iside Japan's 22 and this time it's Bismarck du Plessis which powers his way over the tryline! Lambies's shot at goal is off target.

  • 31'

    CONVERSION, JAPAN, GOROMARU. 7-10. Goromaru adds the extras which gives his side a three-point lead.

  • 30'

    TRY, JAPAN, LEITCH! 7-8. Japan launch a drive from a line-out deep inside South Africa's 22. They make some headway but then Michael Leitch shows great leg-drive and powers over!

  • 29'

    There's a hold up in play as the TMO checks whether Hendrick Tui is held up as he goes over the Bok tryline.

  • 27'

    Japan attack just close to the halfway line and soon win a penalty when Bismarck du Plessis goes off his feet at a ruck.

  • 25'

    South Africa attack close to the halfway line but it all comes to nothing as Louw knocks on a pass from Ruan Pienaar.

  • 23'

    The Boks are on the attack deep inside Japan's 22 and Du Toit is stopped just short. Jannie du Plessis then takes it into contact before the ball goes wide but Bismarck knocks on as he goes over the tryline!

  • 22'

    Lambie launches a bomb and Bryan Habana gives chase! The speedster does well to knock the ball back inside Japan's 22 and Ruan Pienaar gathers before offloading to Burger, who hits the deck.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 7-3. Lambie adds the extras to extend his side's lead.

  • 18'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LOUW! 5-3. The Boks go on the drive from a line-out deep inside Japan's 22. Francois Louw is in possession at the back of the maul and dives over when he sees the whitewash!

  • 16'

    Hitoshi Ono is pinged for an infringement at a line-out. Lambie kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Japan's 10-metre line.

  • 14'

    The Springboks are under pressure inside their 22 but Schalk Burger does well to win a crucial turnover! The ball goes out wide and Jean de Villiers brings some relief with a kick in to touch 15 metres outside his 22.

  • 12'

    Goromaru gets a chance to extend his side's lead, after Bismarck du Plessis strays offside on defence, but his kick is off target.

  • 10'

    Japan are on the attack outside South Africa's 22. Michael Broadhurst does well with a strong carry.

  • 8'

    PENALTY, JAPAN, GOROMARU! 0-3. Goromaru opens the scoring from the kicking tee after the Boks are pinged for offside play on defence.

  • 6'

    Ayumu Goromaru makes a telling break and is soon inside the Boks' 22! He looks for support but is stopped in his tracks by a big hit from Zane Kirchner!

  • 4'

    Pieter-Steph du Toit takes the ball in to contact but several Japanese players go off their feet at the ensuing ruck. Lambie puts the resulting penalty out inside Japan's 22.

  • 1'

    Pat Lambie gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Henrik Tui, who takes on the Boks' defence and goes to ground inside his 22.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Rugby World Cup clash between Japan and South Africa at the Brighton Community Stadium. No prizes for guessing who the favourites are...anything other than a huge win for the Springboks will come as a big surprise.

  • 0'

    Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts has been withdrawn after injuring his calf during the captain?s run yesterday. Pieter-Steph du Toit will start in the number seven jersey with his place on the bench going to Eben Etzebeth.As a result of Alberts? withdrawal, the starting team now only has a combined total of 851 Test caps. It is still more than the previous most experienced Springbok side (836 caps), which played in South Africa?s last Rugby World Cup match against Australia in Wellington, New Zealand in 2011.

  • 0'

    South Africa's initial selection had shown six changes from the squad that beat Argentina in Buenos Aires a month ago. Captain Jean de Villiers? inclusion at inside centre is the only change to the backline, while Francois Louw returns at the side of the scrum. Fourie du Preez starts from the bench.

  • 0'

    Japan have rung the changes and announced the eldest side in their Test history. Head coach Eddie Jones makes five changes from the side that beat Georgia 13-10 in Gloucester on September 5, the side?s last Test match. Akihito Yamada replaces Yoshikazu Fujita on the wing and Hendrik Tui moves from the wing to number eight. Fly-half Harumichi Tatekawa drops to the bench in place of Kosei Ono, and Kensuke Hatakeyama replaces Hiroshi Yamashita, who is named as a replacement. Tui?s move to number eight means there is no place for Koliniashi Holani, who is in the squad but not named in the matchday 23. Only seven players in the 23 were in the match-day 22 for Japan?s last RWC match, the 23-23 draw against Canada on 27 September 2011.

  • 0'

    -For the first time in Springbok Rugby history, South Africa will meet Japan in a Test match. - In the previous seven tournaments Japan played 24 RWC matches with only one win, against Zimbabwe in 1991, and two draws. - South Africa have played in 29 RWC matches, with 25 wins for a win percentage of 86.2%. This is the highest winning percentage of all 20 teams involved in this tournament.

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South Africa Japan
  • 4 Tries 3
    • 17' Francois Louw
    • 32' Bismarck Du Plessis
    • 43' Lodewyk De Jager
    • 61' Adriaan Strauss
    • 29' Michael Leitch
    • 68' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 80' Karne Hesketh
  • 3 Conversions 2
    • 18' Patrick Lambie
    • 44' Patrick Lambie
    • 62' Handre Pollard
    • 30' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 69' Ayumu Goromaru
  • 2 Penalties 5
    • 56' Patrick Lambie
    • 72' Handre Pollard
    • 7' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 42' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 48' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 52' Ayumu Goromaru
    • 59' Ayumu Goromaru
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 78' Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Victor Matfield
  • Francois Louw
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Schalk Burger
  • Ruan Pienaar
  • Patrick Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Jean De Villiers
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Bryan Habana
  • Zane Kirchner
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  • Masataka Mikami
  • Shota Horie
  • Kensuke Hatakeyama
  • Luke Thompson
  • Hitoshi Ono
  • Michael Leitch
  • Michael Broadhurst
  • Hendrik Tui
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Kosei Ono
  • Kotaro Matsushima
  • Harumichi Tatekawa
  • Male Sa'u
  • Akihito Yamada
  • Ayumu Goromaru
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Fourie du Preez
  • Handre Pollard
  • J.P Pietersen
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  • Takeshi Kizu
  • Keita Inagaki
  • Hiroshi Yamashita
  • Shinya Makabe
  • Amanaki Lelei Mafi
  • Atsushi Hiwasa
  • Yu Tamura
  • Karne Hesketh

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