Test Match Report 1930-2019
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16 November 2008 at Nagoya Mizuho Rugby Stadium
○Japan 29-19 United States●
Japan beat the United States
16/11/2008, Lipobitan D Challenge 2008, United Staes of America Tour, 1st Test Match
Japan 29 U.S.A. (American Eagles) 19
Mizuho Park Rugby Ground, Nagoya
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Touch Judges: 1st Taku Otsuki (Japan), 2nd Ritsu Suzuki (Japan), 3rd Tatsuya Matsuoka (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Kaoru Matsushita, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Koji Taira (22 Bryce Robins 67), 12 Ryan Nicholas, 11 Koji Tomioka, 10 Shaun Webb, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryukoliniasi Holani, 7 Takashi Kikutani (capt), 6 Hajime Kiso (19 Michael Leitch 46), 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa (18 Tomoaki Taniguchi 77), 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Yusuke Aoki, 1 Hisateru Hirashima.
Reserves: 16 Naonori Mizuyama, 17 Naoki Kawamarta, 20 Tomoki Yoshida, 21 Masakazu Irie.
Tries: Holani, Endo; Conversions: Nicholas (2); Penalty Goals: Nicholas (4), Webb.
Yellow Cards: Leitch (67, sin-bin, Dangerous Play), Holani (79, sin-bin, unfair play).
U.S.A.: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Paul Emerick, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Gavin DeBartolo, 10 Mike Hurcus (21 Valenese Malifa 63), 9 Mike Petri (20 Chad Erskine temp-bs 53-60, 67), 8 Patrick Quinn, 7 Todd Clever (capt) (19 Jonathan J. Gagiano temp-bs 37-2nd Half 41, 56), 6 Inaki Basauri, 5 Alec Parker, 4 Hayden Smith (18 John van der Giessen 60), 3 Matekitonga Moeakiola (17 Shawn Pittman 63), 2 Mark Crick (16 Joseph 'Joe' Welch 36), 1 Mike MacDonald.
Reserve: 22 Junior Sifa.
Tries: MacDonald, Ngwenya, Welch; Conversions: Hurcus (2).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 3min-pen Japan, Nicholas-3-0, 9min-try U.S.A., MacDonald; conv. Hurcus-3-7, 24min-pen U.S.A., Hurcus (missed), 33min-try Japan, Holani; conv. Nicholas-10-7, 39min-try U.S.A., Ngwenya; conv. Hurcus-10-14, Half-time, 55min-try try Japan, Endo; conv. Nicholas-17-14, 53min-pen Japan, Nicholas-20-14, 59min-pen Japan, Webb-23-14, 63min-pen Japan, Nicholas-26-14, 71min-try U.S.A., Welch; conv. Malifa (missed)-26-19, 77min-pen Japan, Nicholas-29-19.
Takashi Kikutani was appointed as the new captain replacing Takuro Miuchi, who had been leading Japan since May 2002. Hirashima and Hatayama were selected as props to let them experience the first test along with Michael Leitch as reserve. Kirwan demonstrated his ability to raise and bring together the team without changing the central figures. Japan conceded three tries to the States and scored three tries, but won the match 29-19. Japan is getting stronger as a team by winning a fierce contest of the test match. Their prospects are bright.