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Internationals | Tokyo
05:40 (GMT) | 04-11-2017
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Kotaro Matsushima
  • 14 Akihito Yamada
  • 13 Timothy Lafaela
  • 12 Harumichi Tatekawa
  • 11 Kenki Fukuoka
  • 10 Yu Tamura
  • 9 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki
  • 6 Malgene Ilaua
  • 5 Samuela Anise
  • 4 Kyosuke Kajikawa
  • 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
  • 2 Shota Horie
  • 1 Nakatani Satoshi
RESERVES
  • 23 Amanaki Lotoahea
  • 22 Keisuke Uchida
  • 21 Yuhimaru Mimura
  • 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi
  • 19 Uwe Helu
  • 18 Helichiro Ito
  • 17 Yamamoto Koki
  • 16 Takeshi Hino
START LINE UP
  • 15 Kurtley Beale
  • 14 Marika Koroibete
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Samu Kerevi
  • 11 Reece Hodge
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 9 Will Genia
  • 8 Sean McMahon
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 5 Blake Enever
  • 4 Rob Simmons
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 Karmichael Hunt
  • 22 Nick Phipps
  • 21 Lopeti Timani
  • 20 Ben McCalman
  • 19 Matt Philip
  • 18 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 17 Tom Robertson
  • 16 Stephen Moore
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PREVIEW: Japan v Australia

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 06:10

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies star Reece Hodge will be a marked man when his side takes on Japan in Yokohama on Saturday.

With Bernard Foley out through illness, Hodge takes over the No.10 role for the clash and his inexperience will be targeted by the Japanese.

It will be the first time Hodge will start at flyhalf and Japan's head coach Jamie Joseph said they will be putting as much pressure as possible on the young star.

"He's a very good player but it's a new position for him," New Zealand-born Joseph said.

"Obviously Cheik [Michael Cheika] and the coaching team see he's got great potential, but a Test match is a Test match and we'll be putting pressure on him to see how he goes."

Japan will have a number of players from the Sunwolves in their team for the clash and Joseph feels that will help them a lot on Saturday.

"We have to get our team focused, the players that have been involved with the Sunwolves have had a lot of experience playing against the calibre of that type of player, so we've allowed them to do their own analysis of the Wallabies and we can focus on us," he said.

Joseph will also be coaching the Sunwolves next year on top of his role with his Japan. He will link up with Tony Brown to help improve the Sunwolves in Super Rugby and form a better relationship with the national side.

"A big reason why me and Tony are involved with the Sunwolves is to make sure the alignment is tighter, we can get more consistencies with a game plan and our development," he said.

"Big workload for the players and the coaches but I think that's the main reason why we got involved in Super Rugby."

Players to watch:

For Japan: Centre Timothy Lafaele is a big ball runner, while fullback Kotaro Matsushima is solid at the back. In the pack, No.8 Amanaki Mafi is one of the stars of the team with abrasiveness in open play, while captain and No.6 Michael Leitch is a good all-round player, who always gives 100 percent for his team.

For Australia: All eyes will be on Reece Hodge in the No.10 jersey, while Kurtley Beale could be lethal from the back at No15. The Wallabies also have a big midfield in the form of Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi. In the pack, captain Michael Hooper has an unbelievable work rate, while Scott Sio gives the Wallabies power in the scrums:

Head to head: Timothy Lafaele and Rikichi Tachikawa will have their hands full against Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi in the midfield. The two flyhalves, Rikiya Matsuda and Reece Hodge will also be important in trying to direct play. 

Past results:
1987: Australia won 42-23, Sydney (World Cup Pool match)
2007: Australia won 91-3, Lyon (World Cup Pool match)

Prediction: It is hard to see Japan causing an upset. The Wallabies will win by 20 points or more. 

Teams:

Japan: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lava Lemeki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Rikichi Tachikawa, 11 Ryuji Noguchi, 10 Rikiya Matsuda, 9 Shiro Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Kousaku Shinsuke, 6 Michael Leitch (captain), 5 Hell Uve, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Wimpie Van Der Walt, 20 Fetuani Lautaimi, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Sione Teaupa.

Wallabies: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Curtis Rona.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama
Kick-off: 14.40 (16.40 AEDT; 05.40 GMT)
Expected weather: It will be partly cloudy with a high of 22C and a low of 14C
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Tim Baker (Hong Kong)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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Wallabies ease past Japan

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 07:45

REPORT: Australia had no trouble in disposing of Japan, winning 63-30 in a 12-try encounter in Yokohama on Saturday.

Two of Japan's tries were consolation scores in the final 12 minutes - when the Wallabies had clearly taken their collective feet off the gas.

Australia's nine tries include a hat-trick from centre Tevita Kuridrani and a brace by fellow midfielder Samu Kerevi.

Utility back Reece Hodge scored a perfect nine from nine with the boot.

The victory follows wins against world champions New Zealand and the Barbarians.

It was a clinical display against the 2019 World Cup hosts, Japan.

Kerevi's second provided the game's highlight, the bulldozing centre collecting a no-look pass from Kurtley Beale to cap a stunning move started by Henry Speight deep in Australia's own half.

Japan lost 27-47 to a world select side last week in a butter-fingered display, but ill-discipline cost the Brave Blossoms against the Australians, who scored further tries through Speight, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nick Phipps and Rob Simmons.

Trailing 3-35 at half-time, Japan improved after the break with Wimpie van der Walt and Amanaki Mafi grabbing tries before Kazuki Himeno bundled over after the final buzzer to help Japan hit the 30-point mark.

But despite missing key players, Australia never looked threatened in what proved to be a gentle workout for this month's tests away to Wales, England and Scotland this month.

The scorers:

For Japan:
Tries:
 Van der Walt, Mafi, Himeno
Cons: Matsuda, Tamura 2
Pens: Matsuda 3

For Australia:
Tries:
 Kerevi 2, Speight,  Polota-Nau, Kuridrani 3, Simmons, Phipps 61'
Cons: Hodge 9

Teams:

Japan: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lava Lemeki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Rikichi Tachikawa, 11 Ryuji Noguchi, 10 Rikiya Matsuda, 9 Shiro Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Kousaku Shinsuke, 6 Michael Leitch (captain), 5 Hell Uve, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Wimpie Van Der Walt, 20 Fetuani Lautaimi, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Sione Teaupa.

Wallabies: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Curtis Rona.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Tim Baker (Hong Kong)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)