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Former Springbok player 'upset' by result

De Wet Barry says no one could have predicted Japan would defeat the Springboks.

Brighton Community Stadium where Japan beat South Africa 34-32. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Japan pulled of one of the biggest upsets in the World Cup history with their shock win over the Springboks on Saturday evening.

South Africa went down 34-32 to their Asian opponents in Brighton on Saturday night.

Despite scoring four tries the Boks weren't able to get the better of Japan who outclassed the two time World Champions.

Former player De Wet Barry says no one could have predicted such a result.

"I was very bold and I said that they (South Africa) we going to win by a big margin. The Japanese guys played out of their skins and if they can uphold this tempo of game for the rest of the tournament they are going to upset another team."

Barry says the Japanese had a clear game plan which they stuck to.

"They obviously worked very hard on what they wanted to do and you can see their line speed from a defensive point of view they came and fetched us from behind the advantage line and that put them on the back foot the whole time. We struggled to get momentum and it was a massive upset."

Barry says it's isn't all bad for the Boks despite the defeat.

"We have to win every game. The guys will pick it up, they will stand up from this. We've seen them lose to Argentina at home and then go over to Argentina and beating them convincingly, these guys will stand up and be back."

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