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Last Saturday, in Swangard Stadium, British Columbia, Japan, behind 25-9 at the break, scored 25 second half points to defeat Canada 34-25 in the first round of the Pacific Nations Cup tournament. (Six countries: USA, Canada, Japan, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji)

The world’s twelfth ranked Brave Blossoms achieved their eighth straight test victory with a comeback triumph over sixteenth ranked Canada. Japan now holds a 13-8-2 record over the Maple Leafs in past test matches. (These teams played first match in 1932.)

The Canadians dominated first half play, scoring three tries from John Moonlight (7), Claran Hearn (13) and Taylor Paris (11). Fullback James Pritchard added two conversions and two penalties. But in the second half, at the 42nd minute of play, a try by Fujita made it 25-14. What followed at the 56th minute, was Goromaru, the fullback, kicking his forth conversion: Canada 25 – Japan 17, and then, a spectacular try from midfield by Tamura at the 63rd minute. Conversion good and the score stood 25-24.

The Canadians were unable to resume any first half form, allowing the speedy Tui to score and the conversion made. This put Japan in the lead for the first time.One final penalty off Goromaru’s boot to end the contest at 34-25

Of historical interest, this marked the Canadian’s first wearing of the new kit by Under Armour. Attendance: 6,382.

Schedule for June 14: Saturday: Canada vs. Scotland, BMO Field, Toronto, 2 p.m. kickoff. USA vs. Japan, Stubhub Center, Carson City, CA (Los Angeles) at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time), Television: Universal Sports.

Match Details

06.09.14 British Columbia
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