The visiting New Zealand University rugby team overwhelmed Japan 45-6 in their game in Tokyo on Sunday (28 March).
The visiting New Zealand University rugby team overwhelmed Japan 45-6 in their game in Tokyo on Sunday (28 March). In front of a crowd of about 20,000, the All-Blacks scored four tries, all in the second half, one drop goal and six penalties against Japan's two penalty goals.
New Zealand went to the front four minutes after the start of the game with a penalty goal from inside the 25-yard (metres) line by C. Fawcett.
Japan replied five minutes later with a penalty from full-back N. Ueyama, then took a three point lead in the 36th minute with another penalty from Ueyama. meanwhile Japan was hard-pressed to contain the constantly attacking New Zealanders in front of their own goal.
Fawcett added two more penalties to put New Zealand 9-6 in front at half time.
But in the second half the All-Blacks overall superior height and weight started to tell, and the visitors ran away to a convincing win.
New Zealand's D. Rollerson scored the first try of the game in the 75th minute, then scored a second minutes later after a long run down the left wing.
Scrum half J.T. Roms added the third, then just three minutes before the end of the game G. Brown scored the fourth try after breaking through a scrum on the New Zealand five yard line.
The two sides have met nine times since 1936. Japan won the last encounter 24-21 in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1974.
SYNOPSIS: The touring New Zealand University team, kicks off in the second half of its game against an All-Japan side in Tokyo on Sunday.
The All-Blacks led 9-6 at half time and their weight and height advantage started to tell around the packs. Up till now, all the scores had been penalties. New Zealand's D. Rollerson picked up the ball from a loose ruck after a five-yard scrum to score the game's first try, in the 75th minute.
Then the tries came rapidly, s the Japanese tired towards the end of the game. Rollerson scored again after this long run down the left wing.
Twenty thousand people watched the game. new Zealand's C. Fawcett was on target with this conversion, and most of his penalty shots, of which New Zealand had several.
As a result of this long passing movement down the right wing only minutes later, scrum-half J.T. Romans scored the All-Blacks' third try.
New Zealand scored more penalties and went further and further ahead. Three minutes before the end of the game G. Brown managed to break through the pack after this five-yard scrum to score New Zealand's fourth try, to give the visitors a 45 to 6 victory.