No complaints from Suggitt

Canada coach Ric Suggitt had no complaints about the outcome of his team’s thrilling 12-12 Rugby World Cup draw against Japan at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Tuesday.

Japan centre Shotaro Onishi booted a conversion with the last kick of the match and set his team-mates dancing in celebration of a rare World Cup draw.

The Cherry Blossoms may not have won, but at least they ended their streak of thirteen straight World Cup losses in Bordeaux.

Canada play their last game against Pool B leaders Australia on Saturday, needing to win if they are to preserve their record of winning at least once in the World Cup.

“We have been saying all week that they come on strong at the end of the game and that’s what happened,” said Suggitt.

“They deserved what they got.

“We will have to do something remarkable on Saturday for us not to finish last in our pool.”

Captain and scrum-half Morgan Williams, whose clever crossfield kick set up what he thought was the winning try by wing Dth van der Merwe, was clearly more distraught than his coach.

“They came at us pretty hard and our kicking wasn’t the best. We should have won the game and not let this happen,” said Williams.

“I think we are pretty dejected right now. But a tie is a lot better than a loss and we have to pick up the pieces for Australia.”

Having to make 30 more tackles than Canada and playing their fourth game in 18 days, the Cherry Blossoms were doing well to still be in the contest in the dying stages of the match as they launched a series of final assaults.

Replacment winger Koji Taira finally crossed in injury time to set up a dramatic finish, Onishi calmly slotting the two points to draw the match.

365 Digital

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