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2 June 2007 in Coffs Harbour (Australia)
○Japan 20-17 Tonga●
Japan won a tight game against Tonga
02/06/2007, 2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Japan 20 Tonga 17
Internationa Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Referee: Federico Cuesta (Argentina)
Touch Judges: 1st Nathan Pearce (Australia), 2nd Grant MacNeil (Australia), 3rd Steve Taylor (Australia)
JAPAN: 15 Goshi Tachikawa (22 Hirotoki Onozawa 36), 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Bryce Robins (21 Yuta Imamura 84), 12 Shotaro Onishi, 11 Christian Loamanu, 10 Eiji Ando, 9 Tomoki Yoshida (20 Yuki Yatomi 70), 8 Takuro Miuchi (capt), 7 Hare Makiri, 6 Yasunori Watanabe (19 Takamichi Sasaki 68), 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Tomokazu Soma (17 Ryo Yamamura 74), 2 Yuji Matsubara (16 Mitsugu Yamamoto 74), 1 Tatsukichi Nishiura.
Reserve: 18 Takanori Kumagae.
Tries: Endo, Ono; Conversions: Ando (2); Penalty Goals: Ando (2).
TONGA: 15 Sione Fonua (21 Lisiate Tafa 72), 14 Seti Kiole (22 Vungakoto Lilo 62), 13 Hudson Tonga'uiha, 12 Isileli Tupou, 11 Aisea Kaufusi, 10 Fangatapu Apikotoa, 9 David Palu, 8 Samiu Vahafolau (18 Tei Mulu Kaufusi 58), 7 Nili Latu (capt), 6 Hale T'Pole, 5 Tevita Tanginoa (16 Patrick Taumoua temp-replacement 50-57 for Lutui, sin-bin) (19 Atunaisa Sikalu 74), 4 Sione Kalamafeni, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Toma Toke.
Reserves: 17 Makoni Finau, 20 Sikalele Ahoafi.
Tries: Tupou, Tonga'uiha, Lilo; Conversion: Apikotoa.
Yellow Cards: Lutui (45, sin-bin, repeated infringements), Kaufusi (63, sin-bin, intentional infringements).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 6min-pen Japan, Ando-3-0, 10min-try Tonga, Tupou; conv. Apikotoa-3-7, 22min-pen Japan, Ando (missed), 34min-try Japan, Endo; conv. Ando-10-7, 42min-pen Japan, Ando (missed), Half-time, 46min-pen Japan, Ando-13-7, 60min-pen Japan, Ando (missed), 64min-try Japan, Ono; conv. Ando-20-7, 71min-try Tonga, Tonga'uiha; conv. Apikotoa (missed)-20-12, 75min-try Tonga, Lilo; conv. Apikotoa (missed)-20-17.
Japan's defence which Kirwan constructed is certainly improving, as is the strength of the team. All the players worked hard to stop Tonga's offence by stepping-forward and shallow out tackling, and maintained the score differential to three points thanks to the well-coordinated defence. This victory will encourage the team in the World Cup three month from now. In the first half, Tonga scored the first try, 3-7. 34 min: Wing Endo picked up the ball kicked by stand-off Ando, and dived in to score a come-from-behind try. Ando added a conversion, 10-7. Japan conceded two tries to Tonga in the second half, but Japan's lock Ono scored a try, and Ando scored a penalty, 20-17. Japan defended against Tonga's fierce offence to the end and earned a long awaited first win in the Pacific Nations Cup. “The fact we won is a big fruit for us,” said captain Miuchi.