Japan pulled off a massive upset at the Rugby World Cup, knocking off heavy favorite South Africa.
Japan pulled off a massive upset at the Rugby World Cup, knocking off heavy favorite South Africa 34–32 on a last-minute try.
Many are calling it the greatest upset in the tournament's history, with the result coming in the opening game of Pool B play. South Africa, ranked third in the world, had 5–1 odds to win the World Cup, while Japan's were at 1500–1. Japan has never advanced out of pool play in the tournament, hosted this year by England.
Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru scored 24 points. Karne Hesketh converted the winning try during injury time.
South Africa takes on Samoa next, Sept. 26. Japan plays Scotland on Sept. 23.
Here's the Japanese broadcast of the final sequence:
- Jeremy Woo