Test Match Report 1930-2019
日本語 Photo Journal
27 March 1977 at National Stadium
●Japan 16-20 Oxford University○
Oxford's persistence led to a come-from-behind win
Although it was a slim victory, Oxford was so pleased to achieve their goal of defeating Japan, that the team ushered captain Brian to the dressing room on a teammate's shoulder. In the17th minute of the second half, Matsuo ran through the opponents and Yoshida scored a try, Japan led 16-10. Oxford scored a try in the 32nd minute to narrow the margin to two points, and scored another try and a goal in the 36th minute to turn the game around, 16-20. Japan lost the lead in the last 10 minutes once again. The news about this match was that flanker Saito was awarded a cap for the first time at the age of 35.
Japan 16 Oxford University 20
National Kasumigaoka Stadium, Tokyo
Referee: Tetsuro Machii (Japan)
Touch Judges: Noboru Mashimo (Japan), Shigeki Tsuji (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Noboyuki Ueyama, 14 Ujino Hirotaka, 13 Shigetaka Mori, 12 Masao Yoshida, 11 Ken Aruga, 10 Yuji Matsuo, 9 Akio Ueda (19 Akemi Namura --), 8 Ichiro Kobayashi, 7 Isao Saito, 6 Hideo Akama, 5 Kiyoshi Segawa, 4 Ryutaro Fukurodate (18 Koichi Shibata --), 3 Masayuki Miyauchi, 2 Toru Wada, 1 Tsukasa Takata (capt).
Reserves: 16 Toshiaki Yasui, 17 Takeshi Hatakeyama, 20 Yasuyuki Kagami, 21 Nobufumi Tanaka.
Try: Yoshida; Penalty Goals: Matsuo (4).
OXFORD UNIVERSITY: 15 Richard Edwards, 14 Roy M.C. Hoolahan, 13 Faisal J. Rahmatallah (Iran), 12 Tim Bryan (capt), 11 Ed. A.K. Quist-Arcton (Ghana), 10 S. John Fisher, 9 Miles Hockley, 8 Donald S. M. MacDonald minor, 7 Dugal A. MacDonald major, 6 Peter J. Dixson, 5 Robert G. Robinson, 4 Keith A. Watt, 3 T. Pete Enevoldson, 2 Chris M. Sexton, 1 Ed C. Horne.
Reserves: 16 John Webster, 17 Paul Rees, 18 Giles L. White, 19 Barry S. Clements, 20 Paul Russell, 21 Robert K. Hood.
Tries: Rahmatallah (2), Hoolahan; Conversion: Bryan; Penalty Goals: Bryan (2).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 1min-pen Oxford Univ., Bryan-0-3, 4min-pen Japan, Matsuo-3-3, 8min-pen Oxford Univ., Bryan-3-6, 12min-pen Japan, Matsuo-6-6, 34min-try Oxford Univ., Rahmatallah; conv. Bryan (missed)-6-10, 39min-pen Japan, Matsuo-9-10, Half-time, 52min-pen Japan, Matsuo-12-10, 57min-try Japan, Yoshida; conv. Matsuo (missed)-16-10, 72min-try Oxford Univ., Rahmatallah; conv. Bryan (missed)-16-14, 76min-try Oxford Univ., Hoolahan; conv. Bryan-16-20.