Canada and Japan draw in Rugby World Cup

Japan and Canada played to 23-all draw in their Rugby World Cup Pool A match held at McLean Park in Napier New Zealand.

Ander Monro scored a late try and a penalty as Canada denied Japan its first Rugby World Cup win in 20 years.

Japan led a scrappy contest 23-15 with five minutes remaining, but could not
hang on for its first tournament win since 1991. The teams drew 12-12 at the
2007 World Cup.

Hooker Shota Horie and right winger Kosuke Endo scored first-half tries for
Japan.

Canada’s first two tries came from bleached blondes. center DTH van der Merwe,
who gave his team an early lead, and left winger Phil MacKenzie, who got Canada
back in the match with a try after half time.

Canada’s chances were dealt a blow when fullback and kicker James Pritchard
left the field at halftime, but Monro salvaged the draw.

Final Score Canada 23 (7) Japan 23 (17)


Scorers


Canada
Tries: van der Merwe, Mackenzie, Monro
Penalties: Monro 2
Conversions: Pritchard



Japan
Tries: Horie, Endo
Penalties: Arlidge 3
Conversions:Arlidge 2


Match Officials
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Brice Lawrence (New Zealand), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Television match official: Matt Goddard (Australia)


Teams


Canada (15-1)


James Pritchard; Matt Evans, DTH van der Merwe, Ryan Smith, Phil Mackenzie; Ander Monro, Ed Fairhurst; Aaron Carpenter, Chauncey O’Toole, Adam Kleeberger; Jamie Cudmore, Jebb Sinclair; Jason Marshall, Pat Riordan (capt), Hubert Buydens


Replacements: Ryan Hamilton, Scott Franklin, Tyler Hotson, Jeremy Kyne, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Conor Trainor


Japan (15-1)


Shaun Webb; Kosuke Endo, Alisi Tupuailai, Ryan Nicholas, Hirotoki Onozawa; James Arlidge, Fumiaki Tanaka; Takashi Kikutani (capt), Michael Leitch, Sione Talikavili Vatuvei; Toshizumi Kitagawa, Luke Thompson; Nozomu Fujita, Shota Horie, Hisateru Hirashima


Replacements: Yusuke Aoki, Kensuke Hatakeyama, Hitoshi Ono, Toetuu Taufa, Atsushi Hiwasa, Murray Williams, Bryce Robins

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