Saturday, August 10, 2019

PNC Championship: Japan v United States

Japan v USA

Warm and blowy with the wind vagrant for the Pacific Nations Cup title match between Brave Blossoms and Eagles at ANZ Stadium, Suva today.

Japan never trailed as Eagles could not counter their opponents moving maul taken six meters from the Promised Land and Brave Blossoms touched down try subsequently converted for a 7-nil opener early.

The 2019 RWC hosts punished American indiscretion with a sticksplitter to extend the lead to 10.

Japan would make it 17-0 on a ripper along touch that turned infield, catching the defense flat-footed for another grounding and 17-0 was the grim toll then.

US sparked and Madison Hughes broke the Japanese line for touchdown converted by AJ MacGinty and 17-7 midway through the first 40.

Japan got three more on a penalty conversion, to which MacGinty responded shortly thereafter with a penalty struck on an angle from the ten meter line: 20-10 the significant figures then.

MacGinty got another at time in the half and it was 20-13 at referee Glen Jackson’ midpoint tweet.

Inside center, Paul Lasike, and fullback, Will Hooley, combining on stoppages, along with MacGinty’s perfection on conversions were keeping the States within hailing distance of the slick, well-coordinated Brave Blossoms machine. US would look to get the first points in the second stanza.

Didn’t happen. Instead a flip pass back inside opened a highway for try-scoring opportunity well-taken and Japan opened up a two-score advantage in the 44th minute: 27-13 then.

A game of kick-pong won by the Brave Blossoms resulted in their next score as a sublime movement up the sideline with many sweet transfers came to fruition and the lead grew to 21 at 34-13 just past the hour mark.

Eagles got one back, returning the deficit to 14 in the 72nd at 34-20.

With the Eagles pressuring down the BBs business district late, turnover ball enabled the kick to touch, the ref’s last blast, the record and the championship for Japan.

US absolutely their own-worst with four boots for territory ahead of the 22 sailing directly to touch making for 14 Japanese points, the measure of defeat.

Match Officials: Glen Jackson (Referee); Ben O’Keefe, Tevita Rokovereni (RAs)

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