Test Match Report 1930-2019
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19 May 2002 at National Stadium
○Japan 59-19 Russia●
Mukai and Japan XV smashed Russia
The test match against Russia was held as a send-off game for the Asia region qualifier for the fifth RWC. Japan scored seven tries with their fast-paced attack, and won easily to prove the effectiveness of their smooth reinforcement.
It was a good match that showed how organised the team was. Russia wasn't necessarily an easy opponent, but Japan displayed their third row's power to break through the pack, as well as the ability of the backs. They showed their true value in the 6th minute of the second half when number 8 Saito burst through, and Ohata scored a try with a loop and skip pass from the ruck. It must have pleased the spectators, too. A challenge they should address to is that they conceded three tries from mauls when pressured in the scrum by opponents of large build.
19/05/2002, Lipobitan D challenge
Japan 59 Russia 19
National Kasumigaoka Stadium, Tokyo
Referee: Alan William Klemp (U.S.A.)
Touch Judges: 1st Jerry McLemore (U.S.A.), 2nd Bob Warner (U.S.A.), 3rd Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Hirotoki Onozawa, 14 Daisuke Ohata, 13 Hideki Nanba, 12 Yukio Motoki, 11 Toru Kurihara, 10 Andrew Miller (21 Soshi Fuchigami 59), 9 Yuji Sonoda (20 Wataru Murata 69), 8 Yuya Saito (19 Takeomi Ito 64), 7 Takuro Miuchi (capt), 6 Naoya 'Tofu' Okubo, 5 Luatangi Vatuvei, 4 Koichi Kubo (18 Adam Parker 64), 3 Masahiko Toyoyama, 2 Masaaki Sakata, 1 Yuichi Hisadomi (16 Masahito Yamamoto 64).
Reserves: 17 Masahiro Shichinohe, 22 Ryohei Miki.
Tries: Miller, Toyoyama, Onozawa, Ohata, Vatuvei, Kurihara, Murata; Conversions: Kurihara (6); Penalty Goals: Kurihara (4).
RUSSIA: 15 Alexander Zakarliouk, 14 Igor Dymtchenko, 13 Vladimir Simonov, 12 Alexei Korobeinikov, 11 Andrei Kouzine, 10 Werner Pieterse (21 Oleg Zhoukov 59), 9 Viktor Motorin, 8 Viatchislav Zykov, 7 Viatchislav Grachov, 6 Renier Volschenk, 5 Sergei Sergueev, 4 Rashid Sagdeev, 3 Johan Tenk Hendricks (17 Alexei Travkin 69) (18 Alexandre Khrokine for Travkin 73), 2 Roman Romak (capt), 1 Oleg Choukailov.
Reserves: 16 Igor Nikolaitchouk, 19 Roman Chelepkov, 20 Igor Budnikov, 22 Andrei Choupine.
Tries: Zykov, Grachov, Sergueev; Conversions: Pieterse, Simonov.
Yellow Card: Grachov (58, sin-bin, repeated infringements by team, not 10m back).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 3min-try Russia, Zykov, conv. Pieterse-0-7, 6min-pen Japan, Kurihara-3-7, 11min-pen Japan, Kurihara-6-7, 13min-try Japan, Miller, conv. Kurihara-13-7, 26min-try Japan, Toyoyama, conv. Kurihara-20-7, 28min-pen Russia, Pieterse (missed), 31min-try Japan, Onozawa, conv. Kurihara-27-7, 40min-pen Japan, Kurihara-30-7, Half-time, 43min-try Russia, Grachov, conv. Simonov-30-14, 46min-try Japan, Ohata, conv. Kurihara-37-14, 50min-try Japan, Vatuvei, conv. Kurihara-44-14, 55min-pen Japan, Kurihara-47-14, 63min-try Russia, Sergueev, conv. Simonov (missed)-47-19, 68min-try Japan, Kurihara, conv. Kurihara (missed)-52-19, 80min-try Japan, Murata, conv. Kurihara-59-19.