Tuesday 16 January 2018

Brian O'Driscoll: If you predicted that Japan victory, Pinocchio wants his nose back!

Japan players celebrate after the win over South Africa
Japan players celebrate after the win over South Africa
Luke Thompson of Japan drives through the South Africa defence
Japan's centre Harumichi Tatekawa celebrates
Japan celebrate victory after the match Reuters / Eddie Keogh Livepic
Ayumu Goromaru of Japan celebrates scoring his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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It was one of the greatest results in the history of Rugby Union and one of the greatest players has lauded Japan for their heroics.

Karne Hesketh's last gasp try deep into injury time saw the Cherry Blossoms defeat South Africa 34-32 in Brighton to shock the rugby world.

In his blog on brianodriscoll.com, Brian O'Driscoll lavished praise on Eddie Jones' side.

"Sport can really be amazing sometimes and the whole world (outside of South Africa) rejoiced at yesterday’s win for Japan," he wrote.

"When David slays Goliath, in sport it gives a sense of hope to underdogs the world over. Why not us next time?!

"It was heart-warming to see time and time again the Japanese come from several points down to get themselves that final opportunity they so deserved."

Ireland's record tryscorer illustrated how the result was merited and came as a result of Japan's impressive skill set.

"It was really a score of considerable skill that got them over the line in the end. Tough scrummaging, brilliant ball retention followed by some lovely handling between backs and forwards culminated in a try that will be remembered in Rugby World Cup history, or even rugby history, for some time," he added

"To turn down the option of a draw, a result that would have been phenomenal in itself, and go after the win makes their achievement all the more special."

BOD had a message for those who claimed to have seen the result coming: "If you predicted that one, Pinocchio wants his nose back!."

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