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23 June 2009 in Lautoka (Fiji)
●Japan 21-52 New Zealand Junior○
The game was decided in the 1st half, but Japan fought back in the 2nd half
Japan conceded 6 tries in the first half to make it 0-40 at the break. It is the worst way a game can develop. The game itself wasn't so bad, and they had some chance of scoring a try, too. Japan could have broken down to concede as many as 100 points on their bad day. However, head coach Kirwan's head talk stirred the players. “Play with pride as Japan's national squad. Win the second half at least!” Japan got a chance in the 5th minute of the second half when Imamura made a dash with the ball. The ball was passed to Toyota, then to Kikutani to try a goal. They counterattacked a kick by New Zealand, deployed from a ruck and scored a try in the 17th minute. Again in the 20th minute, they deployed quickly from a ruck in front of the goal, broke the opponent's defence shield, and cut the lead to 21-40 by Taira's try. NZ also scored two tries to seal the win. There was something to be gained from this loss. Kikutani played well as the pillar of defence and offence.
23/06/2009, IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2009
Japan 21 Junior All Blacks 52
Churchil Park, Lautoka, Fiji
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: 1st Tui Komiti (Samoa), 2nd Eva Mafi (Tonga)
JAPAN: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Jack Tarrant, 13 Koji Taira, 12 Ryan Nicholas (21 Tatsuhiko Otao 70), 11 Koji Tomioka (22 Yuta Imamura 24), 10 James Arlidge, 9 Tomoki Yoshida (20 Yuki Yatomi 70), 8 Takashi Kikutani (capt), 7 Touetsu Taufa, 6 Michael Leitch (19 Masakazu Toyota 2nd Half 40), 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa (18 Yuji Kitagawa 67), 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Kensuke Hatayama (17 Hiroshi Yamashita 70), 2 Yusuke Aoki (16 Tateo Kanai 55, 1 Hisateru Hirashima.
Tries: Kikutani, Tarrant, Taira; Conversions: Nicholas (3).
JUNIOR ALL BLACKS: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Robert Fruean (22 Anthony Tutavake 66), 13 Tamati Ellison (capt), 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Collin Slade (21 Stephen Brett 62), 9 Sean Romans (20 Alby Mathewson 55), 8 Sione Lauaki (16 Ben Franks temp-replacement 55-62 for Schwalger, sin-bin), 7 Alando Soakai (19 Karl Lowe 55), 6 Victor Vito, 5 Tom Donnelly (18 Jason Eaton 62), 4 Vraig Clarke, 3 John Schwalger, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Jacob Ellison (Jamie MacKintosh 58).
Tries: Vito (2), Gear (2), Lauaki (2), Slade, Clarke; Conversions: Slade (5), Brett.
Yellow Card: Schwalger (54, sin-bin, repeated infringements).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 2min-pen Junior All Blacks, Slade (missed), 11min-try Junior All Blacks, Vito; conv. Slade-0-7, 16min-try Junior All Blacks, Slade; conv. Slade (missed)-0-12, 21min-try Junior All Blacks, Gear; conv. Slade-0-19, 22min-try Junior All Blacks, Clarke; conv. Slade-0-26, 33min-try Junior All Blacks, Vito; conv. Slade-0-33, 36min-try Junior All Blacks, Lauaki; conv. Slade-0-40, Half-time, 45min-try Japan, Kikutani; conv. Nicholas-7-40, 57min-try Japan, Tarrant; conv. Nicholas-14-40, 60min-try Japan, Taira; conv. Nicholas-21-40, 68min-try Junior All Blacks, Lauaki; conv. Brett (missed)-21-45, 80min-try Junior All Blacks, Gear; conv. Brett-21-52.