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RWC: USA V Japan: Pool B

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Halftime, 8-17 Japan.

Matsushima crossed over in the 7th minute for Japan. Tak Ngwenya bagged a try (unconverted) for the USA in the 24th minute, and Japan responded soon after with a try by Fujita.

Goromaru converted both of Japan's tries, and there's a penalty each for Goromaru and AJ MacGinty.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Another Goromaru penalty puts it to 8-20 Japan. USA showing some aggression and making their way into Japan's 22, but aren't quite clinical enough to score, either giving away penalties or suffering handling errors.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
MacGinty slots a penalty at 55 minutes, and the ITV hosts can't tell the difference between Wonder Woman and Captain America.

11-20 Japan.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
USA's Eric Fry repeatedly tries to kick the ball out at the ruck, and rightly gets carded. About a minute later Japan puts over another try, but Goromaru misses the conversion.

11-25 Japan.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Some good runs up the middle from Palamo and Barritt, sets up MacGinty to get the ball wide to Wyles for a try. AJ converts, and USA are within 7 with about 8 minutes to go.

18-25 Japan.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
USA gives away another penalty with 4 minutes left, and Goromaru gladly converts it.

18-28 Japan.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Japan hold off the Americans, and the game ends 18-28 Japan. They also become the first team to win 3 of their pool matches and not make the QFs. Which is bananas.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
No team should play this kind of rugby, win three games and get no reward. It really sucks.

I haven't worked it out yet, but I wonder if they did bonus points like they do in the Top 14 if France would have gone through. (Top 14 don't award a bonus point for 4 tries or more, they only award a bonus point if the winning team is at least three tries ahead of their opponent.)
 
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