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4 June 2006 at Honjo Stadium, Kitakyushu
●Japan 16-57 Tonga○
Lost big to Tonga
The number of tries was one for Japan and eight for Tonga. The way Japan collapsed cast dark clouds over the potential road ahead as the expectation was so high for this first match. In the first minute of the match, Tonga put pressure on the first scrum awarded to them to the right. Their stand-off attacked straight. The bulky forward players made a dash for the side one after another from five rucks in a row, and scored the first try of the match. Tonga was awarded a scrum 10 times and 11 times for Japan, but Japan could not get the ball out properly in any of those. Japan was overwhelmed by Tonga's powerful forwards with an average weight of 112 kilograms. Japan's eight forwards lacked cohesiveness, too.
04/06/2006, 2006 IRB Pacific Five Nations, Toshiba Japan Round
Japan 16 Tonga 57
Honjo Athletic Stadium, Fukuoka
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Touch Judges: 1st Scott Young (Australia), 2nd Shinichi Iwashita (Japan), 3rd Shinsuke Shimoi (Japan), 3rd Eisaku Kondo (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Hiroki Mizuno (21 Eiji Ando 70), 14 Daisuke Ohata (22 Kosuke Endo 7), 13 Atsushi Moriya, 12 Hideyuki Yoshida, 11 Nataniela Oto, 10 Shotaro Onishi, 9 Mamoru Ito (20 Wataru Ikeda 75), 8 Takashi Kikutani, 7 Hare Makiri (19 Tomoaki Nakai 52), 6 Ryota Asano (capt), 5 Tsuyoshi Sato (18 Tomoaki Taniguchi 54), 4 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 3 Kenji Kasai (17 Tomokazu Soma 2nd Half 40), 2 Takashi Yamaoka (16 Yuji Matsubara 2nd Half 40), 1 Yuichi Hisadomi.
Try: Oto; Conversion: Onishi; Penalty Goals: Onishi (3).
TONGA: 15 Pierre Hola, 14 Tevita Tu'ifua (22 Viliami Hakaro 77), 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga, 12 Tatafu Na'aniumotu (21 Hudson Tomga'uiha 62), 11 Tevita Vaikona, 10 Siua Taumalolo (capt) (19 Sione Tu'ipulotu 42), 9 David Palu (20 Soane Havea 77), 8 Tevita Fifita, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Chris Hala'ufia (18 Lotu Filipine 72), 5 Emosi Kauhenga (18 Lotu Filipine temp-bs 7-13), 4 Paino Hehea, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Ma'afu Pale 16 Ephraim Taukafa 32), 1 Kisi Pulu (17 Tonga Lea'aetoa 25).
Tries: Fifita (2), Vaikona, Hala'ufia, Hehea, Tu'ifua, Tu'ipulotu, Filipine; Conversions: Hola (3), Taumalolo; Penalty Goals: Hola (2), Taumalolo.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 1min-try Tonga, Fifita; conv. Taumalolo-0-7, 15min-try Japan, Oto; conv. Onishi-7-7, 19min-pen Tonga, Taumalolo-7-10, 29min-pen Tonga, Taumalolo (missed), 33min-try Tonga, Vaikona; conv. Taumalolo (missed)-7-15, 41min-pen Japan, Onishi-10-15, 44min-pen Japan, Onishi-13-15, Half-time, 41min-pen Tonga, Hola-13-18, 44min-try Tonga, Hala'ufia; conv. Hola-13-25, 50min-pen Japan, Onishi-16-25, 53min-try Tonga, Hehea; conv. Hola-16-32, 60min-try Tonga, Tu'ifua; conv. Hola (missed)-16-37, 65min-pen Tonga, Hola-16-40, 68min-try Tonga, Tu'ipulotu; conv. Hola (missed)-16-45, 74min-try Tonga, Fifita; conv. Hola-16-52, 82min-try Tonga, Filipine; conv. Tu'ipulotu (missed)-16-57.