By JESSIE CHIANG.

Talk about intense. 34 to 32 Japan topped favourites South Africa at the Rugby World Cup, and it doesn’t get any better than that. I currently don’t have Sky at home (anyone with it wanna invite me over?) so I was not aware of the storm raging on social media until I logged on. I could not believe my eyes. I think author JK Rowling said it best, “You couldn’t write this…”

#RSAvJPN #RugbyWorldCup You couldn’t write this…

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 19, 2015

While South Africa will definitely come away taught a hard lesson, I think this match has some important reminders for everyone.

First of all, no team is invincible. This has been proved time and time again, especially at Rugby World Cups. Just think back to 2007 when France kicked New Zealand out of the tournament at the quarter finals or just four years ago when Ireland beat Australia to emerge at the top of their pool.

At World Cup level, it is crucial teams face every country like they are their biggest opponent. Because, the simple answer is that they are. These are the 20 best teams in the world, each of them has earned their place.

There is no room for cockiness or approaching others with an “I’ll do whatever” attitude. I’m in no way implying that the Springboks were arrogant or disrespected Japan. However from the way the game was always more or less equal, I can confidently say that the two time World Champions certainly weren’t expecting to be in position to lose.

This brings me to my next point, which is that nothing is impossible. The Springboks were playing a team whose only win at a World Cup was 24 years ago against Zimbabwe. They’ve lost to USA twice. Seriously, USA? (I love you, Americans.) Not only South Africans, but the rest of the world, me included, thought this was going to be an easy decider. (I’m still convinced that those who bet on Japan winning were doing it for the lols).

Finally, the Cherry Blossoms showed us that we shouldn’t settle for less. They had two opportunities to level out with the Springboks in those last minutes. Penalty kicks that Ayumu Goromaru would have easily slotted through the posts if they were anything like his kicking throughout the game. To run with the ball instead could have resulted in an overturned ball.

However Japan decided to risk it all. And at 3 minutes and 55 seconds overtime in the second half they achieved what everyone thought impossible. Napier-born Karne Hesketh touched down on the other side, beating South Africa 34 to 32.

History made. (And social media gone crazy).

WATCH: the final 15 minutes of the match which made history.

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