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22 November 2008 at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
○Japan 32-17 United States●
Won second time straight against the U.S. in test matches
22/11/2008, Lipobitan D Challenge 2008, United Staes of America Tour, 2nd Test Match
Japan 32 U.S.A. (American Eagles) 17
Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, Tokyo
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Touch Judges: 1st Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan), 2nd Minoru Fuji (Japan), 3rd Akihisa Aso (Japan)
JAPAN: 15 Kaoru Matsushita, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Bryce Robins (21 Masakazu Irie 75), 12 Ryan Nicholas, 11 Koji Tomioka (22 Piei Mafileo 75), 10 Shaun Webb, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryukoliniasi Holani (16 Naonori Mizuyama temp-replacement 35-2nd Half 43 for Aoki, sin-bin), 7 Takashi Kikutani (capt), 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4 Hitoshi Ono (18 Luke Thompson 53), 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Yusuke Aokin, 1 Hisateru Hirashima (17 Naoki Kawamarta 65).
Tries: Hatakeyama, Tomioka, Webb, Kikutani; Conversions: Nicholas (3); Penalty Goals: Nicholas (2).
Yellow Cards: Aoki (34, sin-bin, repeated infringements), Robins (38, sin-bin, misconduct).
U.S.A.: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Paul Emerick, 12 Junior Sifa (22 Valenese Malifa 71), 11 Gavin DeBartolo, 10 Mike Hurcus (21 Thretton Palamo 69), 9 Mike Petri (20 Chad Erskine 74), 8 Patrick Quinn (19 Jonathan J. Gagiano 71), 7 Todd Clever (capt), 6 Inaki Basauri (18 Courtney Mackay 66), 5 Hayden Smith (18 Courtney Mackay temp-bs 51-66), 4 John van der Giessen, 3 Brian LeMay (17 Matekitonga Moeakiola 38), 2 Mark Crick (16 Joseph Welch temp-bs 4-18), 1 Mike MacDonald.
Tries: Wyles, Ngwenya, van der Giessen; Conversion: Hurcus.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 1min-try U.S.A., Wyles; conv. Hurcus (missed)-0-5, 7min-try Japan, Hatakeyama; conv. Nicholas (missed)-5-5, 21min-drop goal U.S.A., Hurcus (missed), 26min-pen Japan, Webb (missed), 28min-try Japan, Tomioka; conv. Nicholas-12-5, 31min-try Japan, Webb; conv. Nicholas-19-5, 40+1min-try U.S.A., Ngwenya; conv. Hurcus (missed)-19-10, Half-time, 48min-pen Japan, Nicholas-22-10, 50min-try U.S.A., van der Giessen; conv. Hurcus-22-17, 55min-pen Japan, Nicholas (missed), 63min-try Japan, Kikutani; conv. Nicholas-29-17, 68min-pen Japan, Nicholas-32-17.
Japan won second time straight against United State in test matches though they had not done well with them in the past. This means a lot. It also boosts their confidence. In the second test, Hatayama, Kikutani, Webb, and Tomioka scored tries for Japan while the U.S. scored only three tries. Japan used to be overwhelmed by the power of the U.S., but today, it worked well as a team: new captain Kikutani led the team well, new faces Hirashima, Hatayama, Leitch, Tomioka, and Matsushita played well, and experienced Ono, Toshi Kitagawa, and Endo coordinated well with mid-career players such as Aoki, Tanaka, and Nicholas. Japan must win every tight game against an opponent at a similar level, such as the U.S., Canada, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.