Test Match Report 1930-2019
日本語 Photo Journal
6 July 1996 at Boxer Stadium
●Japan 5-74 United States○
Conceding 74 points; the worst loss against the U.S.
06/07/96, the 1st Pacific Rim Championship
Japan 5 U.S.A. 74
Matthew J. Boxer Stadium, Balboa Park, San Francisco
Referee: Ian Valentines (Hong Kong)
Touch Judges: unknown
JAPAN: 15 Osami Yatsuhashi, 14 Tsutomu Matsuda, 13 Akira Yoshida, 12 Yukio Motoki (capt), 11 Terunori Masuho, 10 Keiji Hirose (18 Yoji Nagatomo 21), 9 Wataru Murata, 8 Takeomi Ito, 7 Bruce Fergason, 6 Hiroyuki Kajihara, 5 David Bickle (19 Ko Izawa –Nakamura 30), 4 Kenji Sato, 3 Kazu Hamabe, 2 Masaaki Sakata, 1 Toshikazu Nakamichi.
Reserves: 16 Kiyoshi Imaizumi, 17 Hiroki Ozeki, 20 Shuji Simizu, 21 Kazuyuki Matsuno.
U.S.A.: 15 Maika Sika, 14 Vaea Anitoni, 13 Ray Green (20 Ed Schram 64), 12 Mark Sharrenberg, 11 Malakai Delai, 10 Matt Alexander, 9 Andre Bachelet, 8 Rob Lumkong, 7 Richard Tardits (18 Rob Randell 63), 6 Dan Lyle (capt), 5 Alec Parker, 4 Luke Gross, 3 Bill LeClerc, 2 Tom Billups, 1 Chris Lippert (16 Ray Lehner 78).
Reserves: 17 Sean Allen, 19 Kevin Dalzell, 21 Mark Williams.
Tries: Anitoni (4), LeClerc (2), Sharrenberg, Alexander, Lyle, Delai, Sika; Conversions: Alexander (8); Penalty Goal: Alexander.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 19min-try U.S.A., LeClerc; conv. Alexander-0-7, 23min-try Japan, Nagatomo; conv. Nagatomo (missed)-5-7, 27min-pen U.S.A., Alexander-5-10, 35min-try U.S.A., Anitoni; conv. Alexander-5-17, Half-time, 41min-try U.S.A., Sharrenberg; conv. Alexander-5-24, 43min-try U.S.A., Anitoni; conv. Alexander-5-31, 48min-try U.S.A., Alexander; conv. Alexander-5-38, 50min-try U.S.A., LeClerc; conv. Alexander (missed)-5-43, 58min-try U.S.A., Lyle; conv. Alexander-5-50, 65min-try U.S.A., Anitoni; conv. Alexander (missed)-5-55, 29min-try U.S.A., Anitoni; conv. Alexander-5-62, 72min-try U.S.A., Delai; conv. Alexander (missed)-5-67, 79min-try U.S.A., Sika; conv. Alexander-5-74.
It is hard to believe that Japan faced such an ugly loss against the U.S. after beating them for the first time in Japan. The U.S. was expected to take vengeance upon Japan for the loss. The players might have been struggling to condition themselves in another country, but that is no excuse for conceding 11 tries.
Sadly, it made us aware that Japanese rugby is still not good enough to go neck and neck with world-class teams. When they are good, they play well. But when they are bad, they play very badly and end with disastrous losses without being able to stop themselves slide.
Japan will have to do the following in order to raise the level: (1) increase the basic physical strength by 10 percent, (2) plan consecutive possessions thoroughly and communicate this well, (3) establish and learn the defending system, and (4) enhance concentration so that they will not make mistakes. They should fix the members, and make gradual improvements, with the goal of winning the Pacific Rim Championship as a starting point.