Japan has opened the Rugby World Cup in its own country on Friday with a great win. At the Tokyo Stadium, 50,000 spectators saw that the host country with 30-10 was too strong for Russia.
The World Cup is being held in Asia for the first time. The event is also for the first time not in a traditional rugby country. The twenty best countries in the world will compete for the Webb Ellis Cup in the coming month and a half.
The ninth World Cup in history was officially opened on Friday by the Japanese crown prince Akishino. The host country participated eight times before in the global final round, but never survived the group stage. Russia also failed with the only participation in 2011.
On Sunday, reigning world champion New Zealand comes into action against another title candidate: South Africa. With France-Argentina and Australia-Fiji, two more duels are scheduled.
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Russia makes first try of tournament
The host country had a difficult start, because after an error in the defense, Kirill Golonitskii was able to record the first try of the tournament. With a utilized conversion, Yuri Kushnarev then gave the Russians a 0-7 lead.
Japan fought back in the game. Partly thanks to two nice try's from Kotaro Matsushima it was halfway 12-7.
Russia was able to play somewhat in the wake of Japan (19-10) for up to an hour, but in the last twenty minutes the home team went further to 30-10.
Samoa, Ireland and Scotland also play in group A. The Irish and the Scots compete against each other on Sunday in Yokohama. Only the best two countries of each group go through to the knockout phase.
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