Test Match Report 1930-2018
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13 July 2011; G: Lautoka; R: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRE)
○ Japan 24-13 Fiji ●
In the match against Fiji, which was the last match in the cup, Japan's starting lineup included players who had not had opportunities to play in official matches. This match was also for the final selection for the World Cup.
Although Japan received Fiji's powerful attack just after the kick-off, Fiji players repeated dangerous tackles on Japan's quick attacks to be sent to the sin-bin one after another, which increased opportunities for Japan to hold the ball. In the second half, full-back Go Aruga and hooker Shota Horie jumped into the in-goal from a high-tempo attack to come from behind. At the end, Yuta Imamura scored the fourth try to share the points with Tonga and won against Fiji to claim the title, the best ending for Japan. This was the first title for Japan since the PNC started. Japan won against Fiji for the first time in as many as 17 years.
13/07/2011, IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2011
Japan 24 Fiji 13
Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: 1st Marius Jonker (South Africa), 2nd James Bolabiu (Fiji), 3rd Samuela Tuidraki (Fiji)
JAPAN: 15 Go Aruga (21 Shaun Webb 55), 14 Takehisa Usuzuki, 13 Koji Taira, 12 Ryan Nicholas (22 Yuta Imamura 66), 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Murray Williams, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Takashi Kikutani (capt), 7 Michael Leich, 6 Itaru Taniguchi, 5 Tosizumi Kitagawa (18 Hitoshi Ono 61), 4 Justin Ives, 3 Nozomu Fujita (17 Kensuke Hatakeyama 52), 2 Takeshi Kizu (16 Shota Horie 2nd Half 40), 1 Naoki Kawamata (3 Nozomu Fujita 78).
Reserves: 19 Tadasuke Nishihara, 20 Tomoki Yoshida.
Tries: Nicholas, Aruga, Horie, Imamura; Conversions: Webb (2).
FIJI: 15 Iliesa Keresoni (22 Taniela Rawaqa 61), 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Ravai Fatiaki (21 Waisea Luveniyali 71), 12 Seru Rabeni, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Seramaia Bai, 9 Vitori Buatava (20 Waisale Vatuvoka 59), 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Akapusi Qera (19 Jimilai Naikadawa 64), 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (capt), 5 Ifereimi Rawaqa (18 Rupeni Nasilago 51), 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Setefano Somoca (17 Penijamini Makutu 59), 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Graham Dewes (16 Waisea Nailago 71).
Tries: Nalaga (2); Penalty Goal: Nalaga.
Red Cards: Koyamaibole (20, dangerous tackle), Rabeni (59, dangerous tackle). Yellow Cards: Waqaniburotu (18, sin-bin, unfair play), Luveniyali (79, sin-bin, dangerous tackle).
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 4min-pen Fiji, Bai-0-3, 6min-try Fiji, Nagusa; conv. Bai (missed)-0-8, Half-time, 44min-try Japan, Aruga; conv. Nicholas (missed)-5-8, 48min-try Fiji, Nagusa; conv. Buatava (missed)-5-13, 54min-pen Fiji, Bai (missed), 58min-try Japan, Nicholas; conv. Webb-12-13, 63min-try Japan, Horie; conv. Webb (missed)-17-13, 88min-try Japan, Imamura; conv. Webb-24-13.