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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Canada Screws Japan - In Rugby

Here's a link to a Daily Yomiuri story on Japan's ouster from the Men's Rugby World Cup 2011 tourney. Canada officially eliminates Japan with a tie.

Japan had held the lead in the game until very late in the match. While the tie was a moral victory for Canada, the ties deprived Japan of it's first World Cup victory in 20 years.

Story HERE.

Canada had earlier defeated Tonga, and meets New Zealand in Wellington on October 2, 2011. Japan is eliminated.

Canada will need to defeat New Zealands All-Blacks to get to the next round - a Canada loss will keep them in 3rd place - unless Tonga can upset the favoured France team. France is a two-time finalist in the World Cup Tourney.

But.. is it possible for Canada to defeat the fabled All Blacks of New Zealand - well, anything is possible, but no way in Hell.

In 107 years, New Zealand has only lost 37 times at home. The last loss for New Zealand at home was in 2009.

Canada Scorers: 
Tries: van der Merwe, P. Mackenzie, Monro. 
Cons: Pritchard. 
Pens: Monro 2. 

Canada Roster: 
James Pritchard; Evans; van der Merwe; Smith; P. Mackenzie; Monro; Fairhurst; Buydens; Riordan; Marshall; Sinclair; Cudmore; Kleeberger; Carpenter; O'Toole. Substitutes: Trainor for Pritchard (21st minute); White for Fairhurst (71st minute); Hamilton for Riordan (60th minute); Franklin for Marshall (67th minute); Hotson for Cudmore (74th minute); Kyne for O'Toole (64th minute).

Japan Scorers: 
Tries: Horie, Endo. 
Cons: Arlidge 2. 
Pens: Arlidge 3.

Japan Roster:
Webb; Endo; Tupuailei; Nicholas; Onozawa; Arlidge; Tanaka; Hirashima; Horie; Fujita; Thompson; T. Kitagawa; Vatuvei; Leitch; Kikutani. Substitutes: Williams for Webb (73rd minute); Robins for Tupuailei (13th minute); Hiwasa for Tanaka (14th minute); Hatakeyama for Fujita (25th minute); Taufa for T Kitagawa (64th minute); Ono for Vatuvei (64th minute).

Referee: J. Kaplan (South Africa)

Image above is property of Stu Forster/Getty Images, depicting Japan's Endo Kosuke (surname first) racing past Canada defenders for Japan's second try on September 27, 2011 during the tourney's Series A game being held in Napier, New Zealand.

Files compiled by: Andrew Joseph

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