For around 35 minutes on Tuesday, Japanese rugby fans and neutrals around the world could be forgiven for thinking lightning was about to strike twice as Japan led South Africa in a test match.

Three first-half tries from Tokai University wing Ataata Moeakiola had many believing a repeat of Brighton 2015 — when the Brave Blossoms famously beat the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup — was on the cards.

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