Fan cycled 27 months to watch Boks lose to Japan

The 41-year-old arrived after the 43,000km journey tired, but in time to watch the match.

Ron Rutland has spent two years cycling across Africa and Europe to see South Africa play in the World Cup in the UK. Picture: @RonRutland.

LONDON - A Cape Town rugby fan has been speaking of his agony after cycling all the way to the UK to watch the Springboks play, only to see them lose to Japan in the World Cup.

The former banker and amateur player was left open mouthed at one of the sport's biggest upsets.

He described the experience as "surreal".

Ron Rutland has spent two years cycling across Africa and Europe to see South Africa play in the World Cup in the UK.

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The 41-year-old arrived after the 40,000km journey tired, but in time and elated to see the Springboks take on Japan in Brighton.

But his ecstasy turned to agony when, in a shock result, Japan won 34 points to 32.

Rutland says he couldn't believe what he witnessed, saying it was like watching a movie it had been so surreal.

South Africa take on Samoa next weekend.

Hopefully Rutland might bring the team better luck then.

I'm looking for +ve's; my great mate, & Paris to Brighton legend, Matt, photobombing the Japanese celebrations is it! pic.twitter.com/MiSt38esks

I'm looking forward to waking up on the 1st Nov with a massive hangover after @Springboks win RWC and looking back at today with a wry grin.

A privilege to have witnessed such history on the pitch, and such amazing scenes between Bok and Japanese fans off it; rugby at its finest.

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