It broke a 24-year World Cup winning drought for Japan, the team coached by former Wallabies mentor Eddie Jones.
South African Josh Strauss should win his first cap for Scotland from the bench tomorrow just three days after qualifying for the Dark Blues through a controversial three-year residency rule.
“So we’ll be taking them very seriously”.
Japan’s stunning victory, set up by tries from Leitch and Ayumu Goromaru, whose nerveless penalties kept them in touch in the second half before Hesketh’s heroics, has left Pool B wide open.
South Africa adopted a new mantra on Tuesday and drew a football analogy as they sought to put behind them the embarrassment of defeat by Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match.
A fanatical Springboks supporter, Ron cycled from South Africa to see his country in the tournament, a mammoth journey that took him two years and five months.
Japan’s 34-32 success over the two-time tournament winners has been dubbed the biggest shock in World Cup history and ended the fearless Blossoms’ 24-year wait since their last victory at a finals. We’re just looking forward to the opportunity.
Eddie Jones believes beating Scotland on Wednesday will be an even tougher task than toppling South Africa because Japan have had so little time to recover from their win over the Springboks.
However, the priority for coach Vern Cotter and his players is to get off to a good start in a pool where four teams – Samoa and the Springboks being the others – realistically will be in contention for the two quarterfinal places.
“We’re not done – we’re here to make the quarter-finals”, he said. “Our surprise factor is gone and they are going to come with all guns blazing”.
“They want the Rugby World Cup to be a contest where everyone can come and look to be successful”. We know we are a fit team so if we can stick with them in the first 30 minutes and we are in the game at half-time, we will run them off their feet.
Jones was known to be in talks with the Cape Town side and had already announced his intention to leave his post with Japan at the end of the World Cup in England.
“I’ve got six teammates that were on the field and, obviously, after the match we had a group chat with those who can understand English, and they’re over the moon”, Burger said.