Teen wing Yoshikazu Fujita scored an HSBC Asian 5 Nations top 5 record six tries on debut as Japan overwhelmed the United Arab Emirates 106-3 at Fukuoka’s Level-5 Stadium.
Full back Ayumu Goromaru enjoyed a 30-point haul as the Brave Blossoms claimed an seventeenth straight bonus point win in the competition.
“I was really happy with the second half,” said Japan coach Eddie Jones. “We fixed the breakdown a little bit and got our shape in attack. We looked like a team that can really improve.”
Just last month, Fujita was playing at the Tokyo Sevens in round seven of the World Series but in Fukuoka he marked his first touch in international rugby with an amazing 80-metre run before being brought down short of the line. It was merely a sign of what was to come as Japan showed once again they had too much pace and power for their opponents.
“Japan were very fast and showed great leg strength,” said UAE coach Duncan Hall. “There was very little we could do to threaten their line. But we kept going to the end and were very honourable.”
Harumichi Tatekawa scored the opening try in the fifth minute, before Fujita bagged the first of his six. The 18-year-old went to school in Fukuoka and delighted his hometown fans.
“I think he enjoyed himself,” said Jones. “But then if I scored six tries in my first test match I would be happy too.”
Korea score win against Hong Kong
Korea marked its return to the elite Top 5 competition of the HSBC Asian 5 Nations in sensational style with a late try to edge Hong Kong 21-19 at the Hong Kong Football Club.
A last-gasp try from outstanding centre Park Noh-woon allowed the Koreans to clinch the narrow victory, slicing his way through with three minutes remaining.
“We’re very, very happy and all credit goes to the players,” said delighted Korean head coach, Seo Chun-Oh.
Relegated in 2010 from the Top Five, Korea looked determined from the outset and Hong Kong out out-of-sorts, failing to make use of set piece possession.
“We always knew they would have a big 30-35 minutes. We didn’t probably settle as early as we would have liked. International rugby is all about taking those few chances you get - we didn’t do that,” said a disappointed Hong Kong senior coach Leigh Jones.
Today’s results leave Japan firmly in control at the top of the table with two wins from two. Hong Kong earned a bonus point from today’s loss and narrowly holds onto second place ahead of Korea. UAE and Kazakhstan have yet to record a point on this year’s table.