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Rugby World Cup: Japan beat Springboks

Japan have beaten South Africa 34-32 in a 2015 Rugby World Cup pool match.

The Springboks versus Japan in their opening match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 19 September, 2015. Picture: Twitter @rugbyworldcup.

JOHANNESBURG - Japan have beaten South Africa 34-32 in a 2015 Rugby World Cup pool match, causing the greatest upset in the tournament's history.

The Japanese team scored a last minute try to seal victory in Brighton.

South Africa outscored the Brave Blossoms by four tries to three, with Francois Louw, Bismarck du Plessis, Lood de Jager and Adriaan Strauss dotting down five pointers.

But it was a brilliant display by Japan, particularly from fullback Ayumu Goromaru who slotted five penalties two conversions and scored a try of his own.

The Boks upped the ante in the second half, after taking a 12-10 lead into the break following a less than impressive opening forty minutes, in a half where they scored two tries, and a conversion.

The Springbok backline misfiring on the day, as they battled to create anything on attack, as the Japanese imposed their game on the Boks.

The backline failing to put an attack together, with Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers and Jesse Kriel hardly seeing the ball.

South Africa struggled to pull away from Japan, as the Brave Blossoms kept the scoreboard ticking throughout the game.

Japan were always in with a shout, as they never allowed the Boks to take control of the game

South Africa committed multiple errors, while their defence was particularly poor on the day.

The Springboks pick up two bonus points from the game, by losing by less than 7 points and scoring four tries.

The Springboks next game is against Samoa next Saturday.

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