Japan beats Samoa to keep quarterfinal hopes alive

posted on October 4, 2015

Japan kept alive its chances of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with a comprehensive 26-5 win against Samoa in their Pool B match on Saturday.

Fullback Ayumu Goromaru's clinical kicking kept Japan in complete control, as he took his tournament-leading points tally to 45.

The only sour note was an apparent head injury to right winger Akihito Yamada, the scorer of Japan's second try. He went off early in the second half after taking a knee to the head when making a brave wraparound tackle on center Paul Perez as he surged down the left.

He looked to be knocked out cold, lying motionless on the ground for several minutes, as he was treated by medical staff and then taken away on a stretcher.

It took Samoa 63 minutes to score. Following a turnover inside Samoa's 22, a fine sweeping move was finished emphatically by Perez in the left corner.

Japan came into this tournament with only one win in Cup history. Now it has two in this Cup.

Following the stunning 34-32 win against South Africa on the opening weekend, Japan is eyeing a first quarterfinal berth.

source by newsonjapan
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