Japan Win Trophy in Weather-lashed Montevideo

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:44
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REPORT: The final day of World Rugby's Under-20 Trophy brought out the worst in Montevideo weather - not a Katrina or an Irma but perhaps a side-effect.

The rain and wind were certainly heavy and made life uncomfortable for the players. In fact, it was so bad that the officials stopped the game early.
 
Japan won the final, slithering to a 14-3 victory over Portugal. Japan were relegated at the last Under-20 Championship but this victory qualifies them to shoot straight back got the next one.
 
Tongan Faulua Makisi scored a try. He charged down a clearing kick and then surfed over with the ball for a try. Japan's second try was a penalty try when Japan destroyed a Portuguese scrum. Portugal's points came from a penalty goal by flyhalf Jorge Abecasis. 
 
After 65 minutes of the match, the officials called the players off, fearing for their safety.
 
Uruguay won the bronze medal. they scored first and last, though the Namibians fought back to 15-12 early in the second half then Los Teros pulled away for victory.
 
Final Day Results:
 
Japan vs Portugal, 14-3
Uruguay vs Namibia, 34-12
Chile vs Fiji, 15-13
Canada vs Hong Kong, 38-0
 
Pool Results:
 
The eight teams were divided into two pools. Pool logs determined opponents in the final round.
 
Round 1
Japan vs Canada 50-12
Namibia vs Chile, 33-19
Portugal vs Hong Kong, 31-24
Uruguay vs Fiji, 34-3
 
Round 2
Japan vs Chile, 28-22
Namibia vs Canada, 31-16
Portugal vs Uruguay, 20-18
Fiji vs Hong Kong, 26-7
 
Round 3
Japan vs Namibia, 33-13
Portugal vs Fiji, 16-13
Chile vs Canada, 45-6 
Uruguay vs Hong Kong, 66-10
 
Pool Standings:
 
Pool A: 1 Japan, 2 Namibia, 3 Chile, 4 Canada
Pool B: 1 Portugal, 2 Uruguay, 3 Fiji, 4 Hong Kong
 
Final Round Match Officials:
 
Canada vs Hong Kong
Referee: Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
Assistant referees: Tornike Gvirjishvili (Georgia), Caua Ricardo Santos (Brazil)
 
Chile vs Fiji
Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Maxime Burlet Belgium), Ionut Bodea (Romania)
 
Namibia vs Uruguay
Referee: Stephen Copeman (Hong Kong)
Assistant referees: Tornike Gvirjishvili (Georgia), Caua Ricardo Santos
 
Japan vs Portugal
Referee: Francisco Gonzalez (Uruguay)
Assistant referees: Maxime Burlet Belgium), Ionut Bodea (Romania)
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