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Japan eye World Cup quarter-finals after slaying the Springboks

Japan created the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history on Saturday when they beat twice world champions South Africa 34-32 in Brighton.

Here, Press Association Sport gauges the reaction to a result that ranks among sport's greatest upsets.

EDDIE JONES (Japan coach): "We are not done. If we make the quarter-finals then I can retire. I want to be like Clive Woodward. That's my dream."

HENDRIK TUI (Japan back-row forward): "We're going to go back to the hotel and have a few beers, and we have the chance to get into the quarter-finals. We are still floating on air."

FUMIAKI TANAKA (Japan scrum-half): "I was over the moon and cried too much. The win is down to our families, fans, Eddie Jones and Japanese rugby."

AYUMU GOROMARU (Japan full-back): "We've been going through the toughest training in the world for this past four years to make history. I'm glad we've managed to not only surprise our own fans back in Japan, but also fans across the world."

HEYNEKE MEYER (South Africa coach): "I'm not going to blame the players, I picked the guys and have confidence in them. I take full responsibility and I still believe in these players."

JEAN DE VILLIERS (South Africa captain): "We were beaten by a better team. As players, we need to take responsibility, and it was way below par. It is difficult to say exactly where it went wrong."

TENDAI MTAWARIRA (South Africa prop): "They (Japan) were brilliant. They believed from the first try they could go toe-to-toe with us - and they did."

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS (South Africa hooker): "In 2011, France lost pool games and they still went through to the final, and so we take some hope from that. We are really disappointed."


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