Scrum to the favourites who win it, but not without discomfort, and Pollard goes for a sky-er. South Africa come within inches of going over on the right, when the left was open, but Matfield and Burger can't drive the ball over. The referee brings them pack for the penalty and Pollard slots it from 15m.
Ayumu Goromaru of Japan celebrates scoring his team's second try. So it's South Africa 22 Japan 22 after an hour. But it bloody well has. The Boks go for touch 5m out but lose the ball in the drive from the lineout and Japan clear into touch at the He made metres down the left and fed the ball via one of his flankers to the replacement prop who storms to the line from 25m, adding a lovely neat jinking sidestep to help him break the last tackle. No problem for Lambie to convert in front of the posts.
South Africa's Adriaan Strauss scores a try. And South Africa, having worked so diligently to get back in the game, are again guilty of a hare-brained offside to concede a penalty 40m out.
Goromaru does the business. This is the ind of game that must have Meyer tearing his hair out with violent tugs. He refused to move away. In the end they decide not to deploy a card.
Fairly, I would say. Scrum to Japan which they win, break left inside the South Africa 22 and what do you know, Japan have a penalty from 12m for Du Plessis's intervention rather than Burger's high tackle. Goromaru drills his kick through the posts. Lambie nails the conversion. Goromaru will go for goal from left of centre and 25m.
South Africa look so ponderous and vulnerable in defence and yet still so punishingly forceful up front. Japan have used their pace to float like butterflies and sting like bees. Here's Michael Leitch's try, straight out of the Steve Borthwick manual.
If they don't run out of gas this could be on for Japan who were marvellous in defence there at the end of the half. Some epic jargon from Messrs Gregan and Pienaar. They're holding their own in the scrum apparently because of 'Channel One ball' through the loosehead's feet. And he certainly doesn't look relaxed. They've out run them all over the field. Japan's back row Michael Leitch scores a try. Which proves a masterstroke as they turn the ball over after the sixth phase and smash a punt into touch to end the half.
He needed that, though he needed the help of Goromaru to catch a couple of bombs in the past few minutes. Straight from the re-start Japan concede a penalty for offside. South Africa kick for touch, they win the lineout and Matfield gets the maul rollin.
Japan attack from the side but instead of conceding another pen, Bismarck Du Plessis carries the ball over the line. The conversion, though, is shanked wide. And Goromaru converts with no drama. They form a maul about 10m out and drive for the line, Tui peeling off and grounding the ball.
But it's up to the TMO to decide whether it is over the line. Eventually he concludes the ball is short of the line but Japan should have a penalty for South Africa collapsing the maul.
Japan have been keen to avoid them, taking quick taps, but though they look overpowered South Africa concede a penalty and Japan clear the danger. No control, knock-on so a 5m scrum for Japan.
But the momentum has changed. South Africa have rediscovered their old confidence and verve since scoring, making three-yard drives to pierce the Japan line and get closer and closer. They're within the 22 now in the 24th phase. The try came from the penalty - South Africa won the line-out, drove for the line and used their forward power in a rolling maul to walk over the line. They win cleran ball off the top of the lineout and shift the ball infield.
Villiers gets over the gainline after a nice reverse pass from lambie before he's tackled. The tackle looked high but he offloaded before he hit the deck. He passes to Bismarck du Plessis who give sit to his brother. The ball is dropped behind him but South Africa hang on to possession and stretch the Japan defensive line until they concee a penalty.
When play ends, the TMO is asked to decide whether the tackle was high but eh concludes tat the captain jumped into it. They owe Burger for that because Japan had advanced with pace, quick passing and by targeting the front row's defensive stations. Shane Williams says South Africa are rattled. They are - making error after error. Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru scores a penalty kick. The South African front row is defending that side and he waeves past and through them to make 30m before his opposite number, Kirchner, halts him with a crushing hit.
Lambie kicks for touch, the Springboks win the llineout and then last only three phases before ceding possession. Big hits from Japan in midfield as De Villiers takes multiple carries. Pat Lambie kicks to the right and deep where Japan catch it, pas to Ono who launches a high punt up the Japan left. Habana catches and sparks a raid that makes fully 40m with Burger's help but Japan halt the attack, turn the ball over and attack with speed. The Springboks are wearing tracksuit trousers for the anthems.
They look like cricketers in their one-day pyjamas. Years of campaigning went into Brighton's stadium. Good to see the first global event here today pic. Wonder if they're still serving Harvey's at the Amex or is it one of the official tournament sponsors all the way?
Let's begin with your teams, with one change to the sides announced on Thursday, Willem Alberts has been withdrawn with a calf injury and Pieter-Steph du Toit starts at openside. Nice place to watch live sport on a big screen. Brighton turning Japanese - and South African pic.
Rob will be here from around 4pm to bring you all of the build-up, but before it starts, have a read of our preview below Japan head coach Eddie Jones knows his side will assume the role of David when they take on one of rugby's true Goliaths in South Africa on Saturday. But the Cherry Blossoms boss is refusing to rule out the possibility that the Japanese underdogs can slay the two-time champions when they kick off their World Cup campaign in Brighton.
Springboks head coach Heyneke Meyer has named a starting XV boasting caps as he looks to make the most of his star-studded squad. On the other hand, three members of Jones' current group were not even born the last time Japan managed a World Cup win, a thrashing of Zimbabwe back in October Ranked 13 in the IRB standings, the Asian champions are one of three sides - along with Italy and Romania - who have featured at every World Cup without ever making it out of their pool.
It's David vs Goliath. They've got the greatest winning record in World Cup history, a massive physical team with experience. But for us, we have the most experienced Japanese team. Nobody in their right mind was predicting a Japanese victory over the Springboks. Indeed, it wasn't even a conversation worth having. Why bother with such childish fantasies? Get a couple of beers down your neck, sing a few songs and hope the Japanese score a consolation try or two. People who weren't actually at the game wouldn't have bothered enquiring about the result.
Indeed, in the pre-internet and social media age, you might have spent the rest of the day not believing it - just as many did when Douglas beat Tyson, before stumbling across the outcome on Ceefax. The greatest thing about upsets is the sheer joy they bring.
Laugh-out-loud, gob-smacking, fist-pumping joy unless, of course, you are Meyer and his Springboks. And upsets also serve to remind us of what a wonderfully unifying force social media can be, that it's not all threats and bullying. True, there was much mocking of the defeated South Africans on Twitter. But mainly people were thrilled for the Japanese.
In case you are interested, Japan are currently to win that one. An awful lot of sport at the elite level is mundane and predictable. The big teams - with the big money, the big resources and the big traditions - usually win.
Which is why 'The Bombshell in Brighton' felt so beautiful. Japan's unlikely triumph has lit up the World Cup just when it needed it. Even those naysayers who had been predicting a month of woeful mismatches in the group stages might start tuning in. And it has shown Japan's fellow 'minnows' that big boys buckle too, if you hit them hard enough. Just like Buster did. Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup Hosts: The Hit - Japan shock the world Japan beat South Africa to stun rugby world How the world reacted to Japan's stunning victory Get World Cup alerts direct to your phone Rugby World Cup group-by-group schedule For the latest rugby union news, follow bbcrugbyunion on Twitter.
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