RiJ looks at the Super Cup this week.

RiJ Vol.2 No.22

May 31, 2005

 

Rugby in Japan

 

Newsletter

 

Contents

 

  • Super Cup
    • Wed 25 May Canada 30 d USA 26
    • Wed 25 May Japan 23 d Romania 16
    • Sun 29 May USA 28 d Romania 22       
    • FINAL: Sun 29 May Canada 15 d Japan 10
  • The Rumour Mill
  • On the Horizon

 

RiJ this week brings you the Super Cup. Canada, Romania & USA were in town to battle it out with Japan for this newly created title. Although the event is now in its third year, the previous name of Super Power Cup has been shortened to its present form. This year, in a repeat of last year?s final Canada made up for the disappointment of losing to Japan with a narrow 15-10 victory. The Canadians brought out quite an inexperienced side, but ended up out-playing their more fancied opponents. Congratulations Canada. Romania ended up losing both their games, but will learn from the experience should they return next year. Both the USA & host nation Japan had one win & one loss each. Due to space restraints RiJ has only covered the 2 Tests in which Japan took part.

 

The Super Cup

 

Wed 25 May 2005

National Stadium, Tokyo

4.30 PM ? Canada 30 d USA 26

 

Japan 23 d Romania 16

 

Kick-off 7PM 

Referee: Pierre Drolet (Canada)

Attendance: 3,000ish

Halftime: J3-R10

 

Japan 23 ? tries: Ohata (2); conversions: Morita (2); penalties: Morita (2); drop goals: Morita d.

Romania 16 ? tries: Sauan; conversions: Dumbrava; penalties: Dumbrava (2).

 

Japan

 

Name

Club

Age

Hgt/wgt

Caps

1

Shigeyasu TAKAGI

Yamaha

29

180/108

3

2

Ken TSUKAGOSHI

Toshiba

27

178/95

6

3

Ryo YAMAMURA

Yamaha

23

185/108

17

4

Takanori KUMAGAE

NEC

26

193/103

11

5

Jamie WASHINGTON

-

30

197/108

5

6

Hare MAKIRI

Sanix

26

190/110

5

7

Yasunori WATANABE

Toshiba

30

192/104

24

8

Takuro MIUCHI (Capt.)

NEC

29

187/107

26

9

Takashi TSUJI

NEC

28

167/73

5

10

Kyohei MORITA

Hosei Uni

21

180/83

6

11

Hirotoki ONOZAWA

Suntory

27

180/82

26

12

Yukio MOTOKI

Kobe

33

177/88

76

13

Daisuke OHATA

Kobe

29

176/82

49

14

Hiroki MIZUNO

Toyota

23

170/75

4

15

Goshi TACHIKAWA

Toshiba

28

181/90

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Masakazu NAKABAYASHI

Yamaha

26

178/102

3

17

Kenji KASAI

Toshiba

28

184/118

6

18

Ryota ASANO

NEC

25

184/97

8

19

Takeomi ITO

Kobe

34

185/92

60

20

Shota GOTO

Kobe

22

170/71

4

21

Katoni OTUKOLO

Saitama Tech Uni

22

186/98

2

22

Ayumu GOROMARU

Waseda Uni

19

184/81

2

Coach Mitsutake Hagimoto

 

Subs ? 16-4, 80 min

17-1, 76 min

18-6, 19 min

19-7, 64 min

20-9, 60 min

21 not used

22-15, 75 min

 

Romania

 

Name

Club

Age

Hgt/wgt

Caps

1

Petrisor TODERASC

Oyonnax

25

185/116

33

2

Razvan MAVRODIN

Tarbes

32

178/100

39

3

Marcel SOCACIU

Rugby Rovigo

33

180/112

27

4

Cristian PETRE

Tarbes

26

195/113

20

5

Cornel TATU

Steaua Bucuresti

22

195/98

11

6

Florin CORODEANU

Grenoble

28

187/103

34

7

Marian TUDORI

Perigueux

26

196/103

16

8

Cosmin RATIU

Dinamo Bucuresti

25

196/107

2

9

Lucian SIRBU

Metro Racing

29

183/88

36

10

Darie CUREA

Steaua Bucuresti

23

182/94

4

11

Ioan TEODORESCU

Univ. Cluj

29

174/77

26

12

Gabriel BREZOIANU (Capt.)

Dax

28

173/94

37

13

Cristian SAUAN

Rovigo

31

182/94

23

14

Bogdan VOICU

Univ. Cluj

24

178/82

9

15

Dan DUMBRAVA

Steaua Bucuresti

24

186/84

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Paulica ION

Steaua Bucuresti

22

185/105

5

17

Bogdan ZEBEGA

Steaua Bucuresti

21

184/107

10

18

Bogdan BALAN

Bordeaux Begles

25

185/104

8

19

George OPRISOR

Perpignan

29

194/107

7

20

Iulian ANDREI

Steaua Bucuresti

31

168/71

12

21

Ionut TOFAN

Metro Racing

28

179/72

48

22

Vasile GHIOC

Dinamo Bucuresti

27

181/82

24

Coach Daniel Santamans

 

This was the fourth meeting between these two countries with the slate now at two wins each. On their previous visit to Japan two games were played back-to-back in Tokyo in 1995. In the first meeting on 29 April Romania won 30-25 & in the return match on 3 May Japan won 34-21. The most recent encounter was on the Japan tour of Europe last November when the visitors went down to Romania 25-10 in Bucharest.

 

An interesting set of facts when comparing the two countries is that Japan has an overall population of 129 million, whereas Romania has about 22 million. Japan is listed as having 4,050 registered clubs compared with Romania?s 53. Japan has 130,476 registered players versus 4,500 for Romania. (Source: The Complete Record of International Rugby, Nobuhiko Otoma, Shinkosha, Tokyo, 2003). Of course many of the Romanian players have to play overseas to further their Rugby careers especially by playing in France, but on paper at least, these statistics for Japan are quite impressive.

 

This was an evenly fought contest in which Japan took revenge for the loss in Bucharest in November. The Japanese defence weathered the storm of the Romanian battering ram approach in the first 20 mins of the game conceding only the one try to outside centre Sauan, converted by fullback Dumbrava. In fact, this was to be the only try Romania scored in the match so it was a serious test of the Japanese frontline defences. Dumbrava kicked a penalty in the 30th min to help Romania dominate the first half though they would have loved to have lead by a greater margin than the 10-3 halftime score. The only score for Japan in the first half was a drop goal to Morita in the 28th min.

 

Japan started the second half with a penalty to Morita & then in the 53rd min the Romanian defence stood off Ohata running with the ball in both hands only to watch him scoot under the posts for the first try to the CBs. Morita converted & Japan took the lead for the first time at 13-10. Both sides traded penalties till the score was locked at 16-all late in the game. Replacement Goromaru took a high ball & beat the rushing defence to set up play for the ball to move down the left wing where Onozawa managed to free his arms to offload for Ohata to score the match-winning try in the 76th min. Japan held on to celebrate a 23-16 victory. Ohata scored both tries on the night & has now amazingly scored 12 tries in his 5 Tests this season. With 55 tries in 49 Tests he is fast closing in on the record of 64 Test tries in 101 Tests held by David Campese. 

 

Sun 29 May 2005

Chichibu Rugby Stadium, Tokyo

12.00 PM ? 3rd place play-off (losers from Wed)

USA 28 d Romania 22

 

Final (winners from Wed)

Canada 15 d Japan 10

Kick-off 2.30PM 

Referee: Graeme Bullen (USA)

Attendance: 10, 000

Halftime: J3 ? C0

 

Canada 15  ? tries: Henderson, Van Camp; conversions: Daypuck; penalties: Daypuck. d.

Japan 10 ? tries: Otukolo; conversions: Morita; drop goals: Morita.

 

Japan

 

Name

Club

Age

Hgt/wgt

Caps

1

Hiroshi TAKAHASHI

Toshiba

30

175/95

4

2

Ken TSUKAGOSHI

Toshiba

27

178/95

7

3

Ryo YAMAMURA

Yamaha

23

185/108

18

4

Takanori KUMAGAE

NEC

26

193/103

12

5

Jamie WASHINGTON

-

30

197/108

6

6

Ryota ASANO

NEC

25

184/97

8

7

Yasunori WATANABE

Toshiba

30

192/104

25

8

Takuro MIUCHI (Capt.)

NEC

29

187/107

27

9

Takashi TSUJI

NEC

28

167/73

6

10

Kyohei MORITA

Hosei Uni

21

180/83

7

11

Hirotoki ONOZAWA

Suntory

27

180/82

27

12

Yukio MOTOKI

Kobe

33

177/88

77

13

Daisuke OHATA

Kobe

29

176/82

50

14

Hiroki MIZUNO

Toyota

23

170/75

5

15

Ayumu GOROMARU

Waseda Uni

19

184/81

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Masakazu NAKABAYASHI

Yamaha

26

178/102

3

17

Kenji KASAI

Toshiba

28

184/118

7

18

Tomoaki NAKAI

Toshiba

23

186/97

2

19

Takeomi ITO

Kobe

34

185/92

61

20

Shota GOTO

Kobe

22

170/71

5

21

Katoni OTUKOLO

Saitama Tech Uni

22

186/98

3

22

Goshi TACHIKAWA

Toshiba

28

181/90

8

Coach Mitsutake Hagimoto

 

Subs ? 16- not used

17-3, 69 min

18- not used

19-7, 64 min

20-9, 67 min

21-11, 80 min

22-15, 59 min

 

 

 

Canada

 

Name

Club

Age

Hgt/wgt

Caps

1

Dan PLETCH

Oakville Crusaders

22

180/109

6

2

Aaron ABRAMS

Castaway Wanderers

25

183/108

11

3

Forrest GAINER

Dublin Uni (Ire)

26

180/111

8

4

Luke TAIT

Swansea-Heath (Wal)

23

199/105

2

5

Oliver ATKINSON

Velox Valhalians

24

199/109

1

6

Mike WEBB

Swilers

25

185/100

7

7

Mark LAWSON (Capt.)

Velox Valhalians

25

183/100

21

8

Stan McKEEN

Pacific Pride

23

191/103

9

9

Matt WEINGART

Pacific Pride

22

179/81

2

10

Ryan SMITH

Brampton Beavers

25

191/93

18

11

Brodie HENDERSON

Bay of Plenty (NZ)

21

185/99

1

12

Dean VAN CAMP

Aurora Barbarians

22

191/100

1

13

Matt KING

Balmy Beach

25

180/98

8

14

Quentin FYFFE

Calgary Irish

33

180/81

13

15

Derek DAYPUCK

Castaway Wanderers

27

183/93

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Kevin TKACHUK

Glasgow Warriors (Sco)

28

180/115

31

17

Garth COOKE

Benevento (Ita)

28

178/108

20

18

Sean OLEARY

Meralomas

25

197/113

5

19

Aaron CARPENTER

Brantford Harlequins

21

183/104

2

20

Kevin PARFREY

Swilers

23

183/97

0

21

Pat FLECK

Meralomas

25

178/82

5

22

Ed FAIRHURST

Uni of Victoria

26

183/93

22

Coach Ric Suggitt

 

In a close fought final to the 2005 Super Cup Canada reversed the result of a year ago with a 15-10 victory over host Japan. In a tight first half fly half Morita missed with an early penalty for Japan but followed up with a drop goal in the 19th min. Goromaru then missed with 2 long range penalty attempts, the first striking high up on the right hand post, but he showed his great potential for the future in doing so. RiJ has been singing his praises for some time, & now that he has made his debut, then his run on start in this Test predicts he will be one of the stars for Japan at RWC 2007. For Canada, left-footed fullback Daypuck missed with his only attempt at goal.

 

Early in the second half Daypuck also hit the post with a shot at penalty but landed his next attempt in the 52 min for Canada to draw level with Japan at 3-all. Daypuck missed another penalty not long after, but from the ensuing play Canada ran the ball down the left wing for Henderson to fend off his much smaller opposite Mizuno to score in the corner. Mizuno, at 170cms & 75kgs was giving away 15cms & 24kgs to his Canadian counterpart, raising the question as to whether he really has the size to be competitive at international level. To make up for earlier misses, Daypuck landed the conversion from the left hand touchline for Canada to take the lead for the first time at the hour mark of the match. At 10-3 down Japan needed to score twice & set about pressuring the Canadian defence. The Canadians held firm & Japan just could not secure the points they were after. Then, in the 77th min Canadian centre Dean Van Camp out-sprinted the Japanese cover defence to the line to put the result beyond doubt for the plucky Canucks. With 3 mins of injury time & Japan still plugging away at the Canadian line Ohata, playing in his 50th Test, managed to off-load to replacement Otukolo to score. Morita quickly converted from wide out with a drop goal but before there was time to re-start, South African born American Referee Graeme Bullen who had the distinction of making his Test debut, blew full time. Canada 15 defeated Japan 10.

 

The Rumour Mill

Newcastle Falcons (Eng) to tour Japan in August. Jonny Wilkinson is billed to come out with the team for 2 games, one against NEC at the National Stadium on Sat Aug 20 with a 7pm kick-off. The other game is against Toyota at their home base in Nagoya as part of the Expo events. This match is set for Tues May 23 at Toyota Stadium with a 7.30pm kick-off. Be there!

 

Word is leaking that Norm Maxwell has signed with Ricoh for next season. Not wanted/needed against the Lions? RiJ hopes Chris Jack stays healthy.

 

Another overseas born Japan Test player missing from the Super Cup. He copped a 2-match suspension as fall out from recent night clubbing in Roppongi.

 

On the Horizon

  • Ireland tour to Japan 05
    • Sun 12 June: Japan v Ireland, Nagai, Osaka
    • Sun 19 June: Japan v Ireland, Chichibu, Tokyo