The biggest shock in the sport’s history? The best game in the history of the Rugby World Cup?
Japan’s stunning win over South Africa on Saturday had the sport’s biggest names – among them Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and Jonah Lomu – queuing up to describe it in the most colourful of terms.
Beaten South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer said the result was “unacceptable – I have to apologise to the nation”.

And when someone with an imagination as vivid as that of JK Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, tweets “you couldn’t write this”, you know you’ve seen something astonishing.