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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

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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

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

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The match ball arrived

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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...

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One picture summed up the emotion right across the stadium

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And another summed up the respect in the sport

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

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Well done Japan! What. A. Day!

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