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Rugby World Cup 2011
Allblacks vs Japan
Venue: Hamiltoni, Waikato Stadium
DATE: Friday September 16, 2011
KICK-OFF: 18:00 (AEST)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Japan 0, Allblacks 1.
HEAD-TO-HEAD IN WORLD CUPS: Japan 0, Allblacks 1.
LAST TIME: June 4, 1995 (Bloemfontein, RWC) Japan 17-145 Allblacks.
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Japan have done what they promised, which was to make wholesale changes for this match. Only five of the starting line-up against France have been named again and one of those, captain Takashi Kikutani, moves from the side of the scrum to No 8. Allblacks originally planned to make seven changes from the team that played Tonga, with the fit-again Adam Thomson originally being included at No 8 but having to move to flanker with Richie McCaw’s withdrawal. Apart from a couple of places, this was starting to look something like the top All Black lineup but then Daniel Carter withdrew with back spasms. Colin Slade takes over and all three squad scrum-halfs are in the matchday 22, with Piri Weepu the fly-half cover and Slade the utility back. However, Mils Muliaina also had to withdraw due to a hamstring strain while his obvious replacement Israel Dagg also had to pull out. Isaia Toeava moved to fullback.
Lost to France 21-47
Beat Tonga 41-10
Japan played well against France and, with 10 minutes to go, was in with a shout of causing a major upset. John Kirwan later talked of a window that opened but Japan could only score three points in that time, but from the sideline it appeared that it slammed shut when Fumiaki Tanaka, who was playing superbly at halfback, was replaced with about quarter of an hour to go. Japan never threatened after that change, although three late tries to France made the game look a lot easier than it had been.
The All Blacks had Tonga on the ropes at halftime, when they led 29-3, but eased off in the second spell and eventually won 41-10. One hesitates to say ‘only’ won by that score but there was that feel about it, as if Allblacks had not done as much as it might have in a second half that saw Tonga give the locals a hard time. There was much comment about the All Blacks’ offloading afterwards but there were possibly too many circus tricks when orthodox rugby skills would have served equally as well in most cases and better in several; ball security was not a highlight.
WHO’S HOT/PLAYER TO WATCH:
Japan skipper Takashi Kikutani has a huge job in this match, as he will be without most of his senior lieutenants against the world’s top-ranked team. An outstanding player and highly-regarded leader, he will probably be Japan’s main lineout man, asked to make a lot of tackles and to carry the ball up into the hardest part of the Allblacks defence. All that is a normal day’s work for Kikutani, who will also have the task of making sure his team keeps its shape throughout what promises to be a torrid match.
The Allblacks selectors will be looking hard at Tony Woodcock’s play in this match, as sooner rather than later a definitive call has to be made on his form. He has suffered an injury-ravaged year and has not long
returned to action, with most of his subsequent matches being closer to half games than full ones. For years Woodcock was the world’s best in his position but he hasn’t touched that form in 2011; unless he recaptures it very soon, it may be time for the torch to be passed.
It is never far away from the discussion when this game is talked about, and Allblacks’s 145-17 mauling of Japan in 1995 is far from forgotten. “As soon as we found out that we were playing Allblacks, that defeat crossed everyone’s minds,” Japan lock Toshizumi Kitagawa said. “But we’re determined to show how much we’ve improved since then.” More to the point, that 1995 All Black performance was almost flawless and would have been near impossible for anyone to play against.
Japan: 1. Naoki Kawamata, 2. Yusuke Aoki, 3. Nozomu Fujita, 4. Hitoshi Ono, 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 6. Itaru Taniguchi, 7. Michael Leitch, 8. Takashi Kikutani (capt), 9. Atsushi Hiwasa, 10. Murray Williams, 11. Hirotoki Onozawa, 12. Yuta Imamura, 13. Koji Taira, 14. Takehisa Usuzuki, 15. Taihei Ueda.
Reserves: 16. Hiroke Yuhara, 17. Kensuke Hatakeyama, 18. Yuji Kitagawa, 19. Sione Vatuvei, 20. Tomoki Yoshida, 21. Shaun Webb, 22. Alisi Tupuailai.
Allblacks: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu (captain), 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Adam Thomson, 8. Victor Vito, 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Colin Slade, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Cory Jane, 15. Isaia Toeava.
Reserves: 16. Andrew Hore, 17. John Afoa, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Anthony Boric, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Piri Weepu, 22. Sonny Bill Williams.
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