GIANT killers Japan beat Rugby World Cup favourites Ireland ranked second in the world, by 19 points to 12 in a sensational battle that saw them leapfrogging their opponents after half time to attain a victory that will go down in the annals of rugby history.
Not since Japan’s win over South Africa four years ago in Brighton has rugby witnessed a result that will resound around the world in the way this one will.
Tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland lead at the break, although three penalties from Yu Tamura kept the game extremely close.
Replacement Kenki Fukuoka dived over in the corner in the 59th minute to put the Brave Blossoms in front.
Tamura’s 72nd-minute penalty sealed a monumental win.
This was not a result borne of Irish indiscipline or stage fright, but of a truly stunning Japanese performance in front of a cacophonous crowd that lifted their side with a stunning noise that greeted every metre gained, tackle made and turnover won.