SPORTS

Junior Japan Overpowers Tonga A

The side finished as runner up af­ter earlier beating Samoa A 31-21 and losing to the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors 24-66.
17 Mar 2019 11:39
Junior Japan Overpowers Tonga A
Viliame Tuidraki (with ball ) of Junior Japan looks for support against Tonga A during 2019 World Rugby Pacific Challenge final encounter at ANZ Stadium, Suva on March 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Junior Japan captain Shota Fukui acknowledged the toughness of Tonga A as his side finished their World Rugby Pacific Challenge campaign with a 39-10 win at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The side finished as runner up af­ter earlier beating Samoa A 31-21 and losing to the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors 24-66.

What happened: The Japanese side made good on their pledge to play attacking rugby against the Tongans, using their slippery backline players to post a big scoreline.

Junior Japan opened proceed­ings through number 8 Kai Yama­moto, whose try was success­fully converted by first five eighth Rintaro Maryuama.

Maryuama then converted a pen­alty in the 18th minute to extend Junior Japan’s lead to 10-0, before flanker Fukui made it 15-0 four minutes later.

Fijian flyer, Viliame Tuidraki, started at fullback for the Japa­nese side, scoring one try to reg­ister a solid performance after missing the game against the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors on Tuesday.

The Tongans reduced the deficit after some patient build-up play by their forwards helped lock for­ward Aisea Makasini get over the line to make it 15-5.

Junior Japan hit straight back in the 37th minute through inside centre Tomosoki Osada, who con­verted a quick attack started from deep inside his own half by Tuid­raki.

Maryuama was successful with the conversion.

Halftime: Junior Japan 22-5 Ton­ga A.

The leaders started the second half with the same intensity as the first, with winger Haruto Kida scoring in the 46th minute from a cross-field kick to make it 27-5.

Tonga A came close to scoring in 52nd minute but a dogged Junior Japan defensive unit forced them back.

That defensive effort was reward­ed when Tuidraki made it 32-5 in the 63rd, following up on some strong running by Mayuama to score a poacher’s try in the corner.

Tonga A winger Weir Filikitonga managed a try to make it 32-10 two minutes from fulltime through a quick counter attack after Junior Japan lost the ball deep in the Ton­gan half.

Junior Japan had the last say with a penalty try after the Ton­gans failed to deal with a scrum.

Comments: Junior Japan head coach Yoshitake Mizuma said: “We wanted to play attacking rug­by today and I’m happy the boys did.

“It was a tough and physical game but I’m satisfied with the way the boys kept up the intensity from start to finish.”

Tongan head coach Lotu Filipine said: “Overall I think we could have done better but the work doesn’t stop here.

“We will go back to Tonga now and begin preparing for the Pa­cific Nations Cup.”

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj



Five Square


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Covid 19 - SPC
Total
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper