Test Match Report 1930-2019
日本語 Photo Journal
8 June 2008 at Level-5 Stadium, Fukuoka
●Japan 21-42 Australia A○
Roundly defeated but the outlook is promising
We are getting real defending skills to fight against this level of team. Japan gave the opponent the upper hand in scrums and lineouts, fell behind little by little in contacts, and conceded four tries in the first half, while scoring only one drop goal, 3-28. The old Japan and its system would fall apart in the second half and concede many more tries. Today, however, they corrected their set play in the second half. Lock Tomoaki Taniguchi, who came in as the substitute in the second half, ran well and scored tries in the 21st and 24th minute. Japan conceded only two tries to Australia A, and finished the second half in a 18-14 lead. Japan lost to the Australia National Rugby Union Team A, the toughest opponent in this cup, with a happy loss, though they conceded twice the points they scored.
08/06/2008, IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2008
Japan 21 Australia A 42
Higashihirao Koen Level-5 Stadium (formerly Hakatanomori Athletic Stadium), Fukuoka
Referee: Willie Roos (South Africa)
Touch Judges: 1st Louis François (called 'François') Veldsman (South Africa), 2nd Kazuhito Taniguchi (Japan), 3rd Tsukihiro Ishimoto (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Shaun Webb (21 Bryce Robins 57), 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Yuta Imamura, 12 Ryan Nicholas, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa (22 Christian Loamanu 57), 10 James Arlidge, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka (20 Tomoki Yoshida 73), 8 Takuro Miuchi (capt) (19 Takashi Kikutani 57), 7 Hare Makiri, 6 Ryukoliniasi Holani, 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4 Hitoshi Ono (18 Tomoaki Taniguchi 52), 3 Tomokazu Soma, 2 Yusuke Aoki (17 Taku Inokuchi 73), 1 Tatsukichi Nishiura (17 Yuta Inose 55).
Tries: Taniguchi (2); Conversion: Arlidge; Penalty Goals: Arlidge (2); Drop Goal: Arlidge.
AUSTRALIA A: 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Morgan Turinui (capt), 12 Timana Tahu (21 Tyrone Smith 70), 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Ben Lucas (22 Sam Norton-Knight 9), 9 Josh Holmes (20 Patrick Phibbs 48), 8 Julian Salvi, 7 Matt Hodgson (17 Salesi Ma'afu temp-replacement 56-64 for Hobler, sin-bin), 6 Mitchell Chapman (19 Pautasi Luafutu 2nd Half 40), 5 Peter Kimlin, 4 Van Humphries (18 Al Champbell 70), 3 Guy Shepherdson (17 Salesi Ma'afu 64), 2 Sean Hardman (16 Tai McIsaac 50), 1 Pek Cowan.
Tries: Kimlin (2), Turinui, Gerrard, Humphries, Norton-Knight; Conversions: Gerrard (6).
Yellow Cards: Shepherdson (54, sin-bin, punching), Salvi (58, sin-bin, intentional infringements).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 6min-drop goal Japan, Arlidge-3-0, 13min-try Australia A, Turinui; conv. Gerrard-3-7, 19min-try Australia A, Gerrard; conv. Gerrard-3-14, 32min-pen Japan, Arlidge (missed), 34min-try Australia A, Kimlin; conv. Gerrard-3-21, 40min-try Australia A, Humphries; conv. Gerrard-3-28, Half-time, 42min-pen Japan, Arlidge-6-28, 44min-try Australia A, Norton-Knight; conv. Gerrard-6-35, 48min-pen Japan, Arlidge-9-35, 61min-try Japan, Taniguchi; conv. Arlidge (missed)-14-35, 64min-try Japan, Taniguchi; conv. Arlidge-21-35, 70min-try Australia A, Kimlin; conv. Gerrard-21-42.