Test Match Report 1930-2019
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13 July 1996 at Thunderbird Stadium
●Japan 30-51 Canada○
Japan lost to Canada in power
Canada won the Championship before the final game. Japan tried to make gestures against them but lost 30-51. Japan finished even on wins with Hong Kong by two wins and four losses, but was placed in the bottom because they were behind on points. The first Pacific Rim Championship told us that this tournament would be very important for Japan, and would serve as a barometer for outcomes of the reinforcement.
In the match against the U.S. on 6 July, Hirose had to be replaced due to injury in the 21st minute of the first half. In that crisis, scrum-half Nagatomo had to act as stand-off. For today's game, coach Yamamoto picked captain Motoki as the stand-off, the game maker to save Japan. He was picked with the intention that his good judgment and mental strength would be a good influence on the team. We saw the result in offence; Japan scored four tries from Canada. However, we could not improve defence; Japan conceded six tries.
13/07/96, the 1st Pacific Rim Championship
Japan 30 Canada 51
Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver
Referee: Ed Sorenson (U.S.A.)
Touch Judges: 1st Ian Hyde-Lay (Canada), 2nd David Steele (Canada), 4th Official: Richard Evans
JAPAN: 15 Tsutomu Matsuda, 14 Hiroki Ozeki, 13 Osami Yatsuhashi, 12 Akira Yoshida, 11 Terunori Masuho, 10 Yukio Motoki (capt), 9 Wataru Murata, 8 Takeomi Ito, 7 Bruce Fergason, 6 Hiroyuki Kajihara, 5 David Bickle, 4 Kenji Sato, 3 Kazu Hamabe, 2 Masaaki Sakata, 1 Toshikazu Nakamichi.
Reserves: 16 Kiyoshi Imaizumi, 17 Yasunori Watanabe, 18 Yoji Nagatomo, 19 Ko Izawa-Nakamura, 20 Shuji Simizu, 21 Kazuyuki Matsuno.
Tries: Matsuda, Bickle, Yatsuhashi, Ozeki; Conversions: Murata (2); Penalty Goals: Murata (2).
CANADA: 15 Douglas Scott Stewart, 14 David Cameron Lougheed (19 Winston Ulysses Stanley --), 13 Gareth Lloyd Rees, 12 John D. Graf (capt) (20 Shawn T. Lytton 1st Half 41), 11 Stephen D. ('Steve') Gray, 10 Robert P. ('Bob') Ross, 9 Christopher James Clhoun ('Chris') Tynan, 8 J. Colin McKenzie, 7 John R. Hutchinson, 6 Alan John ('Al') Sharron, 5 Anthony Robert Arthur ('Tony') Healy, 4 Mike B. James, 3 Rod G.A. Snow, 2 Mark E. Cardinal, 1 Edward A. ('Eddie') Evans.
Reserves: 16 Richard A.R. Bice, 17 Kevin Wirachowski, 18 Ian C. Gordon, 21 Ron V. Toews.
Tries: Graf, Gray, Snow, Hutchinson, Ross, Stanley; Conversions: Ross (3); Penalty Goals: Ross (5).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 3min-try Japan, Matsuda; conv. Murata (missed)-5-0, 9min-pen Canada, Ross-5-3, 12min-pen Canada, Ross5-6, 15min-pen Japan, Murata-8-6, 17min-try Canada, Graf; conv. Ross (missed)-8-11, 21min-pen Japan, Murata-11-11, 23min-try Canada, Gray; conv. Ross (missed)-11-16, 29min-pen Canada, Ross-11-19, 32min-pen Japan, Murata (missed), 35min-pen Canada, Ross-11-22, 40min-try Japan, Bickle; conv. Murata-18-22, Half-time, 45min-pen Canada, Ross (missed), 46min-try Canada, Snow; conv. Ross (missed)-18-27, 51min-pen Canada, Ross (missed), 52min-try Canada, Hutchinson; conv. Ross-18-34, 58min-try Canada, Ross; conv. Ross-18-41, 61min-try Japan, Yatsuhashi; conv. Murata (missed)-23-41, 70min-try Japan, Ozeki; conv. Murata-30-41, 72min-pen Canada, Ross-30-44, 75min-try Canada, Stanley; conv. Ross-30-51.