Fiji Time: 10:12 AM on Thursday 29 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Japan beats Italy to extend winning streak

Afp
Monday, June 23, 2014

TOKYO - Japan's forward line put in a dynamic performance as rugby's Asian champions extended their record winning streak to 10 games with a nailbiting 26-23 victory over Italy on Saturday.

Male Sau's bulldozing try on the hour mark ultimately proved the difference for Japan but the home side had to survive a nervous finish before recording their first win in six meetings with the Azzurri.

"The great thing today was we won," Japanese and former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones said. "We didn't play well but it's a testament to the guys that we're beginning to win when things are not going well for us."

Japan struggled in the lineout but punched above their weight in the scrum, while Italian coach Jacques Brunel slammed his butter-fingered players as the Six Nations side lost their ninth straight game.

"We made way too many mistakes. We gave away too many penalties and committed 12 turnovers — you can't beat a team like Japan if you play like that."

Japan are set to break into the world's top 10 for the first time, but Jones insists all that matters is next year's World Cup.

"That's all I'm worried about. We've got to keep winning but we've got to win at the World Cup.

"It's no use winning up to the World Cup and not winning once you get there — like the (Japan) soccer team.

"I want to make the quarter-finals of the World Cup and become the most popular sports team in Japan."

Japan are in Pool B at the World Cup in England, alongside South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States.

They disappointed at the 2011 World Cup under former All Black John Kirwan, beaten by hosts New Zealand, France and Tonga before drawing with Canada.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64830.6293
JPY 50.568747.5687
GBP 0.37930.3713
EUR 0.44160.4296
NZD 0.68680.6538
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49740.4804

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th September 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dire straits
  2. Ex-sales rep jailed
  3. Lutumailagi in top form
  4. Ratu Isoa apologises
  5. FLP condemns proposal
  6. FRA to advertise jobs, hope for MWH workers
  7. Veikoso's life of struggle, pain
  8. Judoka dies
  9. Killer disease claims 1200 lives annually
  10. BAF: No migration of termites

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nurse is a lawyer Friday (23 Sep)
  2. Rugby death Tuesday (27 Sep)
  3. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  4. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  5. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport Sunday (25 Sep)
  6. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad Sunday (25 Sep)
  7. Police investigate rugby 7s organiser Monday (26 Sep)
  8. Losing dad at Class 4 inspires Macanalagi Friday (23 Sep)
  9. Rawaca boosts program Monday (26 Sep)
  10. Judge convicts pastor in rape trial Monday (26 Sep)