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9 June 2007 in Townsville
●Japan 10-71 Australia A○
Roundly defeated by Australia A
09/06/2007, 2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Japan 10 Australia A 71
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Australia
Referee: James Bolabiu (Fiji)
Touch Judges: 1st Keith Brown (New Zealand), 2nd Geoff Acton (Australia), 3rd Damian MacLachlan (Australia)
JAPAN: 15 Bryce Robins (22 Go Aruga 49), 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Yuta Imamura, 12 Koji Taira, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Kosei Ono (21 Shotaro Onishi 55), 9 Yuki Yatomi (20 Koichi Ohigashi 66), 8 Hare Makiri (19 Glen Marsh 49), 7 Takamichi Sasaki (capt), 6 Hajime Kiso, 5 Tsuyoshi Sato, 4, Takanori Kumagae, 3 Ryo Yamamura, 2 Mitsugu Yamamoto (16 Yusuke Aoki 43), 1 Masahito Yamamoto (17 Tomokazu Soma 66).
Reserve: 18 Hitoshi Ono.
Try: Robins; Conversion: Ono; Penalty Goal: Ono.
AUSTRALIA A: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Clinton Schifcofske, 13 Junior Pelesasa, 12 Ryan Cross (22 Kurtley Beale 55), 11 Haig Sare, 10 Berrick Barnes (21 Gene Fairbanks 55), 9 Josh Holmes (20 Josh Valentine 66), 8 Jone Tawake (19 Julian Salvi 49), 7 David Pocock (3 Troy Takiaroi temp-replacement 67-69 for Ma'afu, sin-bin) (3 Troy Takiaroi temp-replacement 80-82 for Ma'afu, sin-bin), 6 Dean Mumm (18 Adam Wallace-Harrison 69), 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Alister Campbell (capt), 3 Troy Takiari (17 Salesi Ma'afu 2nd Half 40), 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau (16 Sean Hardman 61), 1 Gareth Hardy.
Tries: Holmes (3), Cross (2), Shifcofske, Sare, Hardy, Ma'afu, Beale; Conversions: Shifcofske (9); Penalty Goal: Shifcofske.
Yellow Card: Ma'afu (60, sin-bin, intentional infringements); Red Card: Ma'afu (80, sin-bin, intentional infringements).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 7min-try Australia A, Cross; conv. Shifcofske-0-7, 10min-pen Japan, Ono-3-7, 16min-try Japan, Robins; conv. Ono-10-7, 19min-pen Australia A, Shifcofske-10-10, 26min-try Australia A, Cross; conv. Shifcofske-10-17, 30min-try Australia A, Shifcofske; conv. Shifcofske-10-24, 33min-try Australia A, Holmes; conv. Shifcofske (missed)-10-29, 36min-try Australia A, Holmes; conv. Shifcofske-10-36, Half-time, 42min-try Australia A, Sare; conv. Shifcofske-10-43, 48min-try Australia A, Holmes; conv. Shifcofske-10-50, 65min-try Australia A, Hardy; conv. Shifcofske-10-57, 72min-try Australia A, Ma'afu; conv. Shifcofske-10-64, 78min-try Australia A, Beale; conv. Shifcofske-10-71.
Japan had to face a brutal reality once again: Japan's defence worked on almost-equal opponents like Tonga, but it did not work at all on the much stronger Australia National Rugby Union Team A. Japan played bravely in the first half and had their moments. They even turned the game around to 10-7 at one stage. However, once Australia A was roused, Japan could not withstand their fierce attack. Australia A broke Japan's defence and scored five tries in the first half to seal the win already, 10-36. The second half was also one-sided. Japan conceded five tries and five goals (35 points) and suffered a crushing defeat 10-71. Head coach Kirwan left a forward-looking comment: “we will possibly fight top teams in the World Cup. In those games, all 30 members will play. Although we don't have many games remaining, we still have time.”