Brave Blossoms bash Barbarians

The heat and humidity of Tokyo’s summer did not stop Japan from dishing out a hiding to the Asian Barbarians, winning 69-10 under the new floodlights of Prince Chichibu Stadium with 10 000 people to wish their team well for the World Cup.

The humidity set the fans fanning and made handling hard for the sweating players.

Japan scored 11 tries to one in their convincing victory. They scored five tries in the first half to lead 31-10 at the break.

It took Japan just over two minutes to open the scoring. Flyhalf Kosei Ono kicked diagonally and try-machine Daisuke Ohata, obviously over his Achilles injury of January, caught and arced on to score.

Great Japan kicker of the past Keiji Hirose reduced the lead with a penalty but Japan then piled on the pressure with tries by flank Takamichi Sasaki, who came in for Glen Marsh whom the IRB declared ineligible, wing Hirotoki Onozawa, who, like Ohata, was at the 2003 World Cup, centre Koji Taira and fullback Go Aruga. Just before Aruga’s try on half-time, the Barbarians got their try when centre Yukio Motoki sent lock Tomoaki Taniguchi over under the posts.

In the second half Tiara scored two more, Aruga one more and there were tries for scrumhalf Yuki Yatomi, loose forward Ryota Asano and lock Lautangi Samurai Vatuvei.


For Japan:
Tiara 3, Aruga 2, Ohata, Sasaki, Onozawa, Yatomi, Asano, Vatuvei
Cons: Ono 7

For Asian Barbarians:
Con: Hirose
Pen: Hirose


Japan: 15 Go Aruga, 14 Daisuke Ohata, 13 Koji Taira, 12 Nataniela Oto, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Kusei Ono, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Hajime Kiso, 7 Takamichi Sasaki, 6 Yasunori Watanabe, 5 Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei, 4 Takanori Kumagae, 3 Ryo Yamamura, 2 Mitsugu Yamamoto, 1 Masahito Yamamoto.
Replacements (from): Tomokazu Soma, Takshiro Sigiura, Yuta Inose, Yuji Matsubara, Tatsukichi Nishiura, Taku Inokuchi, Hitoshi Ono, Luke Thompson, Takuro Miuchi (China), Hare Makiri, Philip O’Reilly, Tomoki Yoshida, Kim Chulwon, Eiji Ando, Shotaro Onishi, Yuta Imamura, Bryce Robins, Kosuke Endo, Christian Loamanu

Coach: John Kirwan.

Asian Barbarians: Antonov Evgeniy (Kazakhstan), Vladimir Chernih (Kazakhstan), Masahiko Toyoyama (Japan), Kwang-Mo Kim(Korea), Sung-Woon Moon (Korea), Masaaki Sakata (Japan), Jia Cheng Wang (China), Hiroyuki Tanuma (Japan), Jason Knox (A), Kwang-Moon Lee (Korea), Rudoy Anton (Kazakhstan), Semi Iafeta (Hong Kong), Timur Mashurov (Kazakhstan), Zong-Liang He (China), Takeomi Ito (Japan), Myung-Geun Lee (Korea), Wataru Murata (Japan), Sheshin Evgeniy (Kazakhstan), Keiji Hirose (Japan), Emil Vatarizian (India), Yukio Motoki (Japan), Mark Wright (Hong Kong), Colin Bisley (Hong Kong), Wen Yen Chen (Chinese Taipei), Jae-Young Chae (Korea), Yang Li (China), Sanjeewa Jaysinghe (Sri Lanka), Zhi-Qiang Zhang (China), Tsutomu Matsuda (Japan)

Coach: Jarrad Gallagher

Referee: Taizo Hirabayashi

365 Digital

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