Japan vs Canada

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by Melhor Time, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Melhor Time

    Melhor Time Guest

    Following the success of the Canadian provinces in the Americas Rugby Championships I was expecting to see a number of players in the test side for this game vs Japan. Sadly, the coach has gone for an aged team made of of a lot of not so good European based players. Ander Monro starting at flyhalf instead of the younger and far better Nate Hirayama. Speedy Sean Duke on the bench to give the clumsy Justin Mensah-Coker a start at wing is a massive mistake too. These two choices, to me, are poor. Hirayama and Duke are both certainties to be in the World Cup XV and Canada are not going to have many more chances between now and then. Less than 10 tests to go for them.

    It is the first match between the two countries since their fantastic drawn match in Bordeaux at the World Cup in 2007. A lot at stake in this as both target better positions in the World Rankings and, of course, they will be in the same pool (Pool A with France, New Zealand and Tonga) in New Zealand 2011.

    Japan should be favourites, after getting good wins at home last year vs the USA. But, of course, either team can win.

    1. Kevin Tkachuk (Glasgow Warriors)
    2. Pat Riordan Captain (U Vic Vikes)
    3. Dan Pletch (Oakville Crusaders)
    4. Josh Jackson (Bordeaux Begles)
    5. Tyler Hotson (Plymouth Albion)
    6. Chauncey O'Toole (Castaway Wanderers)
    7. Adam Kleeberger (Rotherham Titans)
    8. Aaron Carpenter (Coventry RFC)
    9. Phil Mack (UVic Vikes)
    10. Ander Monro (Castaway Wanderers)
    11. Justin Mensah-Coker (Plymouth Albion)
    12. Bryn Keys (Moseley)
    13. Matt Evans (Hartpury College)
    14. Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers)
    15. James Pritchard (Bedford RFC)

    16. Mike Pletch (Velox Valhallians)
    17. Doug Wooldridge (Cowichan RFC)
    18. Jebb Sinclair (Castaway Wanderers
    19. Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers)
    20. Sean White (James Bay AA)
    21. Sean Duke (UVic Vikes)
    22. Nathan Hirayama (UVic Vikes)

    No word yet on the Japanese XV.
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  3. Melhor Time

    Melhor Time Guest

    Japan team confirmed with three new caps. They are hooker Shota Horie, lock Daniel Quate (from New Zealand) and wing Alisi Tupuailei (from Tonga)


    15 Go Aruga, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Koji Taira, 12 Ryan Nicholas, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Shaun Webb, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka/Tomoki Yoshida, 8 Takashi Kikutani (captain), 7 Phil O’Reilly, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Naoki Kawamata.

    Replacements: 16 , 17 , 18 Daniel Quate, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Tomoki Yoshida/Yuki Yatomi, 21 James Arlidge, 22 Alisi Tupuailei

    It should be a fantastic game. I caanot find any live feeds for the game on the internet. If anybody knows let me know!
  4. Melhor Time

    Melhor Time Guest

    Italy vs New Zealand did not see backs breaking free for tries.

    England vs Argentina, with a second choice backline for the visitors didn't either.

    Wales vs Samoa saw running rugby but only 2 tries.

    Scotland vs Fiji saw few tries too.

    The real rugby came in Sendai, Japan!

    Looks like my distaste for aged players proved fataly correct for Canada. Interestingly, Canada's only try was scored by that man Nate Hirayama who, for no good reason, did not start the test. Japan won by an incredible 46-8, scoring 6 tries and running the Canadians all over the park. They were a complete team and even turnout over a scrum (tighthead) en route to creating one of their tries. Whatever John Kirwan has his players doing it is certainly looking very good. Japan defeated the USA twice last year at hom and now demolished the better ranked Canadians, and di so like never before. These two teams will meet in thr World Cup and will fight it out with Tonga to try to finish third behind France and New Zealand in the pool. 2 years out it looks like Tonga are out of touch while Japan have never looked better.

    Game 2 next weekend.

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  5. Wally

    Wally Guest

    Love the strong Japanese blood that must run through Phil O'Reilly's veins. Also if I didn't know any better I would say Hirayama sounds very Japanese for a Canadian player?
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