France beat Japan 40-12 on October 7 in the second test match of their Japanese rugby union tour.
JAPAN (IN HOOPED SHIRTS) VERSUS FRANCE (IN BLUE SHIRTS):
1. GV France put ball in from line-out and build up move across pitch, No. 15 Jerome Bianchi runs through Japanese defence to score try 0.17
2. GV Scrum, Japan gain possession and build up run, Japan's Hikaru Hawaji scores try, crowd applauds 0.35
3. GV France attack and ball pushed back to No. 9 who slips ball into path of No. 6 Karl Janik who scores try 0.47
4. GV France win ball from scrum, No. 1 passes ball out to No. 14 Patrick Esteve on wing who outpaces Japanese No. 11 to score try between posts 1.03
5. GV Scrum on Japanese line, French push scrum over line to score try 1.15
6. GV France's No. 15 Bianchi scores conversion 1.20
7. GV Japan attack down wing and No. 2 scores try, crowd applauds (3 shots) 1.34
8. GV Japanese take conversion kick and misses, referee blows whistle for full time 1.50
SPORT: RUGBY UNION.
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
France beat Japan 40-12 on October 7 in the second test match of their Japanese rugby union tour. Japan, relatively new to the game, showed some improvement since the first match on September 30, when they were overwhelmed 52-0. A crowd of 40,000 turned out in Tokyo for the October 7 contest, in which France scored six tries in all. Jerome Bianchi scored the first try in the sixth minute, followed by Pierre Lacans in the 31st. But the crowd went wild when Japan gained possession in a scrum, and built up a run for Hikaru Kawaji to bundle the ball over the line in the 39th minute. This left the half-time score at 15-4. France took off for a strong start in the second half, with a try from Karl Janik in the first minute. Then France passed the ball out of a scrum for Patrick Esteve to outpace the Japanese winger and score a try in the 61st minute. France's technique showed when a scrum was pushed over the Japanese line for yet another try. Bianchi scored a conversion. Japan's two tries in the second half came from Atsushi Oyagi and Tsuyoshi Pujita, leaving their team with an honourable 40-12 score at the end of the game.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA