Rugby union - Japan bask in glory of historic rugby triumph

TOPSHOTS Japan's players celebrate scoring the winning try scored by Japan's wing Karne Hesketh (3L) at the end of the Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton community stadium in Brighton, south east England on September 19, 2015. Japan won 34-32. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLS (AFP Photo/JUSTIN TALLIS)

- Japan's Karne Hesketh produced a killer try in the dying seconds that inflicted the biggest World Cup upset ever on South Africa and set off alarm bells in the stunned rugby power. Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer could was stunned. "We let down our country," he said. "We represent a proud nation and I apologise to the nation." Japan's "Brave Blossoms", who had only won one previous World Cup match and are nervously preparing to host the 2019 tournament, tackled like tigers and never gave up against the two-time champions. Three points behind in the dying minutes, Japan won a penalty and captain Michael Leitch went for a try instead of the kick that could have secured a draw. The Springbok defence kept out an onslaught but Hesketh finally got a touchdown in the right corner. "It was a pretty humbling experience today," said Japan's Australian coach Eddie Jones. "Japan beating South Africa ... I had to look at the scoreboard to see if I was reading it right."

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