6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

South Africa vs Japan as it happened - a look back at an historic day in Brighton

PUBLISHED: 12:24 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:45 21 September 2015

The Webb Ellis Cup by Antonio Cinotti under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/xPunfy

The Webb Ellis Cup by Antonio Cinotti under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/xPunfy

Antoncino

As if being a host city for a global event wasn't enough, Brighton and its Community Stadium (its name during the Rugby World Cup) played host to one of the great sporting shocks

Saturday 19 September is a day that will go down in rugby history as overwhelming favourites South Africa were beaten 32-34 by Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium. We take a look back at this historic day...

The friendly atmosphere was apparent from the get-go as supporters from all over the world mixed at Brighton Fanzone

.

That was mirrored up the road as fans began to arrive at the stadium and players started to warm up

.

The match ball arrived

.

Then came the moment players and officials stepped out onto the turf in front of a packed house

.

With the scores at 7-3 in favour of South Africa, Michael Leitch scored Japan’s first try of the game and his side were unbelievably in front

.

After a second South African try, the score at half time was 12-10 to the Springboks

.

The crowd didn’t know it yet, but they were about to witness one hell of a second half

.

South Africa had relative control of a large chunk of the second half. A couple of tries for the Springboks and a handful of penalties for both sides meant the scores stood at 29-22 with 15 minutes to play

.

Just a few minutes later, Japan stunned South Africa after a try and conversion. The scores were level at 29-29

.

With the scores at 32-29 after a penalty from the Springboks, the clock went past the 80 minute mark with Japan in possession. The rest, they say, is history...

.

One picture summed up the emotion right across the stadium

.

And another summed up the respect in the sport

.

This continued all the way back to Brighton station with South Africa fans giving the Japanese supporters a guard of honour

.

Well done Japan! What. A. Day!

.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Sussex Life