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Monday, June 09, 2008

Australia A hold off late Japanese onslaught

Australia A hold off late Japanese onslaught

Australia A won their opening IRB Pacific Nations Cup encounter against Japan, 42-21, in Fukuoka on Sunday. The Australians ran in six tries, including a brace to Brumbies lock Peter Kimlin, to overwhelm a gallant Japanese outfit and claim a bonus point in front of 7,493 fans.

Other tries to Van Humphries, Mark Gerrard, Morgan Turinui and Sam Norton-Knight capped off an impressive hit-out for coach Phil Mooneys team.

Australia led 35-3 at half-time, but were reduced to 13 men early in the second half after the sin-binning of Guy Shepherdson and Julian Salvi.

The loss of two players and travel fatigue showed which led to Japan coming to life after the break and cutting the deficit to 35-19 with a pair of tries by Tomoaki Taniguchi.

Despite the late effort, Peter Kimlin scored his second try of the match in the 70th minute to make it 40-21 and deflate the Japanese.

Australia A play Samoa in Apia on June 15 before returning to Australia to play three home matches against Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand Maori. Japan next faces Tonga on June 14.

Time: 05:33

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:38 pm | View Comments (9)

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 4:26 pm

Os Lobos so os maiores!!!

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Chazza June 09, 2008 4:41 pm

Anonymous, what does that mean. Ok match, great effort from the japanese 18 though. who is Australias Winger??i think that Australia A vs the Maories will be a good match.

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Peter June 09, 2008 4:42 pm

Did you notice the Aussie tackling the Japanese number 8 off the ball?

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peppers June 09, 2008 6:37 pm

Are any of the trie nation match matchs on sky sports if not what chanel are they on

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Shaft June 09, 2008 8:08 pm

Peppers, this isn't the Tri Nations mate! It's the Pacific Nations Cup, and it's on various channels. Google it. :)

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 8:23 pm

Could Argentina join this tournament? Is there any money involved for teams that take part?

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boomshanka June 10, 2008 12:31 am

This is the Pacific Nations Cup; Argentina 'A' are playing in the Churchill Cup .

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Anonymous June 10, 2008 2:14 pm

Good skill by the Japanese player to get the ball out of the tackle for the second Japanese try.

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Wagga Magpie June 11, 2008 7:32 am

chazza his name is francis fainifo. good young player from the brumbies.

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