Thanks to an incredible last minute try by Karne Hesketh (above) Japan caused the greatest shock in RWC ever and argubaly the greatest shock ever by beating South Africa 34-32. It was an inspired performance by the Japanese, and cheered on by the Brighton crowd they managed to beat the 2 time world Champions by 2 points!!!
Japan went 3-0 up thanks to a penalty from the brilliant Goromaru (who scored 24 points) before Louw went over to put the springboks 7-3 up. Japan’s captain Leitch then went over only for Du Plessis to restore some pride for the South Africans and put them 12-10 up going in to the break. Goromaru put over another penalty to put the Japanese ahead until De Jäger bustled over from 30 metres to give the springboks a commanding lead. Pat Lambie put over a long range penalty for South Africa but another 3 penalties from Goromaru dragged Japan back level to 22-22. South Africa may have thought the fight was over when Strauss went over to put SA 29-22 ahead but give up Japan did not. After South Africa put over a Penalty to go 33-22 up, the courageous Goromaru gave Japan hope with a try in the corner. At 32-29, one try for Japan and they would create history. After the clock had gone red, create history they did. They went over the line once, but it was not awarded. The second time, Hesketh did!!! Cue absolute pandemonium. Japan had won.
England beat Fiji 35-11 to get all 5 points.
Georgia beat Tonga 17-10.
Ireland smashed Canada 50-7.
France swept aside Italy 32-10.
New Zealand battled back from 13-12 down to win 26-16 against Argentina.
Wales pulverised Uraguay 54-9.
And Samoa beat USA 25-16.
And that’s just the first weekend!!!