BBC Sport - Rugby World Cup 2015: Commentator hoarse at historic Japan
Commentator hoarse at historic Japan
- From the section Welsh Rugby
BBC Radio Wales commentator Gareth Lewis shouted himself hoarse on Saturday, covering Japan's historic 34 – 32 win over South Africa in the Rugby World Cup. Listen to his description of the final try, and read his thoughts on one of rugby's biggest upsets:
"Once the tears had stopped flowing and the wild celebrations had subsided, Japan coach Eddie Jones revealed that a last-gasp win against twice World Champions South Africa was a scenario he had considered.
On the morning of the match he'd taken a stroll along the beach with his skipper Michael Leitch. If the moment came where Japan could gamble and go for glory, the decision would be purely Leitch's. If he felt Japan could do it, he had the coach's approval to back himself and his teammates.
What a gamble and what fully-deserved glory... With 35 seconds to go Japan were awarded a penalty in front of the Springbok posts. Kick it and they would draw. But to the disbelief of the 30,000 inside the ground, Leitch spurned the offer and opted for a scrum.
Against the mighty Boks, one of the most formidable packs in rugby. As collective breath was held, a messy series of scrums ensued but then that historic moment.
First right, then left and at breakneck speed the Japanese marauded their way across the pitch, Karne Hesketh had the overlap and one of the most famous tries in the history of the sport was scored. Just writing this is still giving me goosebumps.
To see grown men both on and off the pitch in tears, and seasoned rugby sages with their mouths open in disbelief was an unforgettable moment. This was giant-killing sport at its dramatic best."