Junior Japan are still seeking their first IRB Pacific Rugby Cup victory after going down 63-10 to the Highlanders Development team in the penultimate match of the New Zealand series at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Tuesday.
The Japanese side, featuring mainly high school and university students, did open the scoring with fly half Takuya Yamasawa’s early penalty, but tries from Trent Renata, Tom Franklin and Jayden Spencer gave the Highlanders Development team a 21-3 lead at the break.
Barely a minute into the second half and the Highlanders Development team were back on the scoreboard again with Jayden Spence’s try and the score had reached 49-3 by the hour mark after further tries for Tony Ensor, Renata and Michael Collins.
Junior Japan replacement Issei Shige did stop the scoring run at 49 points by crossing for a try, but Ensor and Peter Breen took the Highlanders Development team’s try count to nine with fly half Haden Parker converting all of them for an 18-point haul in the win.
Junior Japan will wrap up the New Zealand series of the 2013 competition when they face the Hurricanes Development team at the Community Trust Domain on Saturday.
The Pacific Rugby Cup will then conclude just before the November tours with the core teams facing each other to determine the 2013 champions. Fiji Warriors currently head the standings with 14 points with Samoa A (10) the only team with a realistic chance of denying them a fifth straight title.
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