Elton Jantjies lost for words after Boks' defeat

Jantjies, who is currently based in Japan playing for the NTT Shining Arcs, says he is avoiding local media.

FILE: Jantjies, who is currently based in Japan playing for the NTT Shining Arcs, says he is avoiding local media. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies has told Eyewitness News how he was lost for words as he watched South Africa lose to Japan in their 2015 Rugby World Cup opener.

Japan beat South Africa 34-32 in one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history.

Those at the Brighton Community Centre witnessed history as Eddie jones led Japanese team, defeating the two time champions, scoring with the final play of the match to record their only second ever world cup victory.

Jantjies, who is currently based in Japan playing for the NTT Shining Arcs, says he is avoiding local newspapers.

"I've been outside a lot. I think last night was disappointing. Something that you can't comment on but we've to bounce back and make sure we put this behind us as soon as possible."

Springbok Coach Heyneke Meyer has taken full responsibility for his team's disappointing loss to Japan in South Africa's opening group B encounter at the Rugby World Cup in Brighton.

Meyer has refused to blame his players for the defeat, and has urged his charges to come out guns blazing against Samoa next weekend.

Coach Heyneke Meyer said, "But I'm not going to blame the players, they're great players and it was just not good enough tonight but I take full responsibility, like I said I'm not going to blame the players. They tried their best. They didn't play the way we probably wanted to play but as a coach I believe you always have to take responsibility and I do that."

Japan dominated the play and forced the Springboks to make too many unforced errors, pushing them back on numerous occasions.

Ferocious tackling from Japan kept them within two points of the Springboks at halftime after driving mauls brought tries for South Africa's Francois Louw and Bismarck du Plessis, with Micahel Leitch touching down for Japan.

Springboks' vice-captain Victor Matfield said it's a tough loss to accept.

"It's very difficult, but we've to fix it, that's the only thing we can do. We've got a big game on Saturday against a very tough team."

But Meyer has vowed the team's performance at the world cup will improve.

Meyer said he still has confidence in his team despite the poor start, adding that the only way for the Boks to redeem themselves is to go all the way and win the tournament.

The Springboks' four tries were scored by Francois Louw, Bismarck du Plessis, Lood de Jager and Adriaan Strauss. Pat Lambie kicked two conversions and a penalty goal, while Handré Pollard added a conversion and penalty goal.

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