Test Match Report 1930-2019
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16 April 2006 at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
○Japan 82-9 Arabian Gulf Rugby Union Team●
Japan started out with a big win
The third qualifier in the Asian region for the World Cup was competed for by three countries: Japan, the Arabian Gulf Rugby Union Team and Korea. The final qualifying tournament will be played this November between the top two countries of this tournament and the top one country of Division Two. Japan gave the Arabian Gulf Rugby Union Team no chances, and won the match 82-9. However, the game itself was so bad that head coach Elissalde called it ‘the worst game ever in the history of Japanese rugby'. In the first half, Japan scored four tries and beat the Arabian Gulf, who scored three penalties, 27-9. Japan engaged in the game centring on kicking with the Arabian Gulf, and was unable to demonstrate their usual quick style of rugby. Instead, their play was uncoordinated and lacked intensity. It was an unlikely relaxed game for a qualifier for the World Cup. The Arabian Gulf Rugby Union Team was exhausted and slow in the second half, so Japan was able to score nine tries. They scored 55 points to make the game one-sided.
16/04/2006, the 6th WC Asia Zone Qualification 1st Division 3rd Round (a triangular, round-robin)
Japan 82 Arabian Gulf 9
Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, Tokyo
Referee: Blair Collier (Hong Kong)
Touch Judges: 1st Steve Foley (Hong Kong), 2nd Andrew Tranent (Hong Kong), 3rd Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Hiroki Mizuno, 14 Daisuke Ohata (capt), 13 Yuta Imamura (16 Yuji Matsubara 81), 12 Shotaro Onishi, 11 Kosuke Endo (22 keiji Takei 63), 10 Eiji Ando (21 Hideyuki Yoshida 51), 9 Wataru Ikeda (20 Mamoru Ito 55), 8 Hajime Kiso, 7 Hare Makiri, 6 Takashi Kikutani, 5 Tsuyoshi Sato (19 Tomoaki Nakai 68), 4 Toshizumi Kitagawa (18 Takanori Kumagae 65), 3 Kenji Kasai, 2 Takashi Yamaoka, 1 Tomokazu Soma (17 Yuichi Hisadomi 65).
Tries: Ohata (3), Makiri (2), Takei (2), Onishi, Imamura, Kasai, Kitagawa, Kikutani, Mizuno; Conversions: Onishi (4), Ando (3); Penalty Goal: Ando.
ARABIAN GULF: 15 James Tometzki (16 Frankie Coetzer 48), 14 Dushan Raveendrakumar, 13 Jamie Turner, 12 Sean Hurley, 11 Wayne Esselmont, 10 Sebastien Jean-Baptiste Paul Mouchet, 9 Eduard Hoffman (19 Shaun Macpherson 74), 8 David Clark (capt), 7 Andrew McFarlane (20 Ed Nicholas 58), 6 Eben Rollitt (17 Will Wood 70), 5 Michael Zaicek, 4 Chris Pardon, 3 Mark Gathercole (22 Jim Nicholas King 74), 2 Vivian Albertyn (18 Rory Power 63), 1 Ronan Murray (21 Michael Leroy 65).
Penalty Goals: Tometzki (2); Drop Goal: Mouchet.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 2min-drop goal Arabian Gulf, Mouchet-0-3, 5min-pen Japan, Ando-3-3, 7min-pen Arabian Gulf, Tometzki (missed), 9min-pen Arabian Gulf, Tometzki-3-6, 12min-try Japan, Ohata; conv. Ando (missed)-8-6, 16min-try Japan, Onishi; conv. Ando-15-6, 24min-pen Arabian Gulf, Tometzki (missed), 26min-try Japan, Imamura; conv. Ando (missed)-20-6, 31min-pen Arabian Gulf, Tometzki-20-9, 34min-pen Arabian Gulf, Tometzki (missed), 38min-try Japan, Kasai; conv. Ando-27-9, Half-time, 42min-drop goal Japan, Ando (missed), 44min-try Japan, Kitagawa; conv. Ando-34-9, 53min-try Japan, Makiri; conv. Onishi (missed)-39-9, 56min-try Japan, Kikutani; conv. Onishi-46-9, 61min-try Japan, Mizuno; conv. Onishi (missed)-51-9, 64min-try Japan, Ohata; conv. Onishi (missed)-56-9, 69min-try Japan, Ohata; conv. Onishi-63-9, 76min-try Japan, Makiri; conv. Onishi-70-9, 80min-try Japan, Takei; conv. Onishi-77-9, 87min-try Japan, Takei; conv. Onishi (missed)-82-9.