Test Match Report 1930-2019
8 June 1968 in Wellington
●Japan 16-25 New Zealand Universities○
Just one step short for victory
In the first half, 6min: Ozaki scored on interception try (and conversion). 10 min: NZ scored a try. 35 min: Katsuraguchi got the ball from a lineout and burst through the ground. The ball was passed to Ishida, then to Ishizuka to score a try. 39 min: NZU intercepted Katsuraguchi's punt and kicked a penalty try (and conversion), Japan got back in front, 13-6. In the second half, 10 min and 28 min: NZU scored tries. 31 min: NZU came from behind with a penalty. 35min: Kawasaki charged well against the opponent's kick, Okubo picked up the ball and jumped into the goal-line to turn the game around again, 16-15. 38 min: NZU's forward picked up O'Callahan's cross kick and scored a try between left and centre (and a conversion), NZU got back in front once again, 16-20. 40 min: Japan launched a desperate attack, but the opponent tackled the centre, picked up the ball and scored a try between left and centre (and conversion), which widened the gap to 16-25.
Japan 16 New Zealand Universities 25
Athletic Park, Wellinton
Referee: H. Rainey (New Zealand)
Touch Judges: unknown
JAPAN: 15 Masaharu Mantani, 14 Tadayuki Ito, 13 Masayoshi Ozaki (capt), 12 Akira Yokoi, 11 Yoshihiro Sakata, 10 Tsutomu Katsuraguchi, 9 Yoshinori Okubo, 8 Koji Ishizuka, 7 Motonari Ishida, 6 Yoshiharu Yamaguchi, 5 Hiroshi Ogasawara, 4 Megumi Horikoshi, 3 Takeo Saruta, 2 Mitsuo Atokawa, 1 Morio Kawasaki.
Tries: Ozaki, Ishizuka, Okubo, penalty try; Conversions: Yamaguchi (2).
NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES: 15 Evan S. Taylor, 14 D.R. Edward, 13 M. Sayers, 12 Mike W. O'Callaghan, 11(FE) Gerald F. Kemper, 10(FE) Robert E. Burgess, 9 Laurie H. Karatau, 8 G.P. Rennie, 7 Ron T. de Cleene, 6 Steve H.O. Reaney, 5 D. Bydder, 4 John D. Sherlock, 3 D. Daddy, 2 M.J. Gourley, 1 Allan McLellan.
Tries: O'Callaghan, 5 tries unknown (WTB=2, FW=1, others=2); Conversions: unknown (2); Penalty Goal: unknown.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 6min-try Japan, Ozaki; conv. Yamaguchi-5-0, 10min-try NZU, (WTB); conv. unknown (missed)-5-3, 18min-pen NZU, unknown (missed), 30min-try NZU, unknown; conv. unknown (missed)-5-6, 35min-try Japan, Ishizuka; conv. Yamaguchi (missed)-8-6, 38min-pen NZU, unknown (missed), 39min-try Japan, penalty try; conv. Yamaguchi-13-6, Half-time, 50min-try NZU, O'Cullaghan; conv. unknown (missed)-13-9, 65min-pen Japan, Yamaguchi (missed), 68min-try NZU, (WTB); conv. unknown (missed)-13-12, 70min-pen Japan, Yamaguchi (missed), 71min-pen NZU, unknown-13-15, 75min-try Japan, Okubo; conv. Yamaguchi (missed)-16-15, 78min-try NZU, (FW); conv. unknown-16-20, 80min-try NZU, unknown; conv. unknown-16-25.