Jaco van der Merwe
Head of Motoring
3 minute read
3 Oct 2019
10:34 am

A nasty case of deja vu looms for admirable Japan

Jaco van der Merwe

The Brave Blossoms have claimed a big scalp at a World Cup yet again, but it might be highly unrewarding by the end of it all.

Jaco van der Merwe.

At the 2015 World Cup Japan sent shockwaves through the rugby world by beating the Springboks 34-32 in Brighton. It was hailed as the biggest upset in rugby’s history by many as Japan’s praises were sung and the world’s third best team were made a laughing stock. But only four days later Japan were brought back to earth by getting mauled 45-10 by Scotland and the Boks bounced back with comfortable wins over Samoa, Scotland and the United States. Even though Japan recorded two more hard-fought wins against Samoa and the US, they became the first team to hold the...