Test Match Report 1930-2019
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26 May 2007 in Lautoka
●Japan 15-30 Fiji○
Lost to Fiji at the end
26/05/2007, 2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Japan 15 Fiji 30
Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji
Referee: Federico Cuesta (Argentina)
Touch Judges: 1st Brett Bowden (Australia), 2nd Samuela Tuidraki (Fiji), 3rd Isireli Matavesi (Fiji)
JAPAN: 15 Goshi Tachikawa, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Koji Taira, 12 Bryce Robins (21 Yuta Imamura 61), 11 Christian Loamanu, 10 Eiji Ando, 9 Tomoki Yoshida (20 Yuki Yatomi 70), 8 Takuro Miuchi (capt) (18 Takanori Kumagae 70), 7 Takamichi Sasaki, 6 Hajime Kiso (19 Yasunori Watanabe 56), 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Tomokazu Soma (1 Tatsukichi Nishiura 78), 2 Yuji Matsubara (16 Mitsugu Yamamoto 64), 1 Tatsukichi Nishiura (17 Masahito Yamamoto 62).
Reserve: 22 Kousei Ono.
Tries: Thompson, Tachikawa; Conversion: Ando; Penalty Goal: Ando.
FIJI: 15 Taniela Rawaqa, 14 Vesi Rauluni, 13 Vereniki Goneva (21 Gabriele Lovobalavu 63), 12 Daniele Baleinadogo, 11 Isoa Neivua, 10 Vitori Buatava (20 Jack Prasad 53), 9 Seveci Taka, 8 Tomasi Sogeta (18 Akapusi Qera 67), 7 Netani Talei, 6 Alifereti Doviverata (capt), 5 Wame Lewaravu, 4 Langi Peters (19 Ifereimi Rawaqa 60), 3 Tiko Matawalu (17 Apisai Turukawa 57), 2 Viliame Gadolo (16 Sunia Koto 57), 1 Graham Dewes.
Reserve: 22 Marika Vakacegu.
Tries: Taniela Rawaqa, Talei, Qera, Neivua; Conversions: Taniela Rawaqa (2); Penalty Goals: Taniela Rawaqa (2).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 3min-pen Fiji, Taniela Rawaqa (missed), 15min-pen Fiji, Taniela Rawaqa-0-3, 18min-try Japan, Thompson; conv. Ando (missed)-5-3, 32min-pen Japan, Ando-8-3, 36min-try Japan, Tachikawa; conv. Ando-15-3, 40min-pen Japan, Ando (missed), Half-time, 41min-pen Fiji, Taniela Rawaqa-15-6, 51min-try Fiji, Taniela Rawaqa; conv. Taniela Rawaqa-15-13, 54min-try Fiji, Talei; conv. Taniela Rawaqa (missed)-15-18, 68min-try Fiji, Qera; conv. Taniela Rawaqa (missed)-15-23, 76min-try Fiji, Neivua; conv. Taniela Rawaqa-15-30.
Japan dominated the first half in attack and defence. Japan scored a penalty by Ando, a try from a maul in the 18th minute and another try in the 36th minute by fullback Tatekawa from consecutive possessions. As for the defence, they conceded only one penalty to Fiji. However, in the second half, they conceded a penalty easily when taken advantage of during a mistake at a kick-off. This boosted Fiji, who then made a counterattack and scored a try in the 11th minute and 14th minute, and turned the game around. The result was Japan's disappointing come-from-ahead 15-30 loss. “We lost a winnable match, against a winnable opponent,” commented head coach Kirwan.