The Japanese national rugby team played a domestic test match in Oita City for the first time in two years since the World Cup, and lost 23 to 32 against the powerful Australia.
Japan, which is ranked 10th in the world ranking, held a domestic test match at Showa Denko Dome in Oita City for the first time in about two years since the World Cup Japan Tournament, which made it to the top 8 for the first time. I played a match.
The match was held with spectators up to 50% of the capacity of the venue and was visited by more than 17,000 people.
In Japan, in addition to the number eight Kazuki Himeno who played an active part in the adult World Cup and the scrum-half Yutaka Nagare who returned to the national team for the first time in two years, players with little experience as a national team also joined the team.
In the first half of the game, the opponent's off-road pass, which was connected while receiving a tackle, broke the defense and allowed the first move, and it was a lead development, but after that, Remeki Romanorava tried from Rikiya Matsuda's skillful kick pass. In the first half, the match ended 13 to 17 after catching up.
In the second half, the difficult situation continued, such as Lemeki being sent off for 10 minutes due to a foul, and although two tries were decided in a row and the lead was widened, Ryoto Nakamura took the opponent's pass. After deciding the try as it was, Yu Tamura's penalty goal was 23 to 27, which was close to 4 points again.
However, Japan, who was robbed of the try just before the end, lost 23 to 32, and the match against Australia in the test match was 6 consecutive losses.
Himeno "I'm disappointed because it was a winning match."
Kazuki Himeno, who started in Number 8, said, "I'm disappointed because it was a winning match. I made my debut as a representative of Japan in the match against Australia four years ago. You can see how much you have grown in four years. I'm happy with the match, but I'm disappointed as a team. "
On top of that, "I was nervous because it was my first time to play in Japan, but it was fun to play in front of the fans and I want to do it again. After that, there are 3 test matches, so the next team will win as a team. I want to, "he said.
Nakamura "I want to become stronger as Japan"
Ryoto Nakamura, the deputy captain who decided one try, said, "I was able to play with the happiness of playing in front of the fans. I've been preparing to win all the time, so I'm disappointed with the result. By the way, there is a difference. I want to practice with more attention to detail. I also want to improve and prepare to win, and I want to become stronger as Japan. "
Growth of young people Demonstrate certain results
Saito said, "I haven't become an indispensable player for the team yet, but I'm well prepared from my experience on the last European expedition. I want to take the opportunity of the return of the current player to grow." rice field.
And in the game on the 23rd, he showed his own strength against the 3rd place in the world ranking, such as participating in the middle and handling the pass lightly.
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