South African fan after Springbok loss (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A silver lining to the Springboks' almost inconceivable 34-32 loss to Japan in Brighton on Saturday has been found.
Olly Barratt, a TV and radio correspondent based in London, shared how South African fans took the loss on the chin and congratulated the Japanese fans on their side's win.
"Amazing from SA fans as we leave Brighton, congratulating Japan supporters for their team's performance, shaking their hands. #RSAvJPN" tweeted Barratt.
That tweet was retweeted and favourited over 440 times.
But that was not the end of the story.
Barratt tweeted: "Train pulls into Brighton, SA fans insist Japan supporters get off first, give them a guard of honour and cheer them off. Amazing day."
That tweet went viral accumulating over 3 300 retweets and favourites.
While the Boks may have lost on the pitch, at least the fans off the field did the country proud on Saturday.
Barratt also shared a video of Japanese fans describing their most famous win:
Japan score a shock 34-32 victory against heavyweights South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. Channel Newsasia's Olly Barratt speaks with Japanese fans post-game. http://bit.ly/1Om1gYXPosted by Channel NewsAsia on Saturday, September 19, 2015
Barratt tweeted the scenes after Japan sealed victory: