Rugby World Cup , Pool B - Gloucester, 11 October 2015, 20:00 local, 19:00 GMT
Japan (17) 28 - 18 (8) United States of America (FT)

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Sadly Japan's stunning upset over South Africa failed to be enough to earn them a placein the quarter-finals, but it is a great building block for the first Rugby World Cup finals to be played outside of the traditional heartlands in Japan in 2019. The Americans meanwhile will be playing for pride today after three straight defeats, including a thumping at the hands of the Springboks. A full preview of today's game can be read here. And here's the latest from outside the stadium:

1

We have some predictions: A beautiful evening in Gloucester:

2

And we are off. Japan's jumper misses the kick off and USA have good field position but after a couple of phases lose the ball.

3

4 0 - 3

USA win a lineout that is basically thrown to their first man. Whatever happend to the concept of the lineout? When was the last straight lineout? USA switch the ball across the park and have a penalty not far inside the Japan half near the right touchline. McGinty in his blue USA uniform kicks well and it's 3-0.

5

USA gather the kick off and roll the maul forward. A kicking contest then ensues as McGinty and Wyles trade punts with Japan's full back Goromaru.

6 5 - 3

Japan break and also make the line after the break, but are stopped, but the next phase sees the ball swing from right to left until USA run out of defenders and Matsushima scores in the corner.

7

Goromaru goes into his Jonny Wilkinson kicking routine and it's good! 7-3.

8 7 - 3

Japan run through the phases, sniping at the USA line and looking the more inventive of the two teams.

Good question. Playing the tournament in Japan next time up is a brave statement by World Rugby. it might be great for Japan. It might be overshadowed by the Olympics the following year!

10

Japan kick the ball deep into US territory and have a lineout to use as an attacking platform.

11

But it's USA who emerge from the maul with the ball.

12

Japan have a scrum 22 yards out, just slightly to one side, with nobody on the very large blindside, which they ignore to charge straight towards the posts. Now we have phase after phase as the Japanese try to find a line break. None appearing yet. And the ball is turned over.

14

Now it's USA's chance to spin the ball wide and they do for a couple of phases until a forward pass gives up the ball.

15

Back to Japan and an inventive kick to the corner looks like it will cause USA some problems but it bounces long.

17

Back to USA and midfield phases - neither team able to stamp authority yet. USA win a penalty inside their own half and kick for a lineout just outside the Japanese 22.

18

The Americans get the maul rolling and then McGinty lofts a kick to the far touchline but it's knocked on and play is brought back for a penalty on the far side. USA kick for the corner and a lineout.

19

But USA make a mess of the lineout and knock on. Wasteful. Japan have the scrum and a chance to clear.

20

A tough scrum goes nowhere so the Japanese work a couple of rucks before kicking for touch. USA have a lineout just outside the 22-yard line.

21

The lineout almost goes astray but USA have it and have a solid base to attack from. Can they make it count? Too many chances wasted. The ball reaches Manua but he's stopped by a couple of Japanese defenders. Phase after phase moves the ball closer to the Japanese line....

23 7 - 8

The pick and drive is going and with the 21st phase of that attack the balls swings out to Ngwenya on the wing to score a TRY!

24

McGinty's kick is...just wide. USA 8-7 Japan.

26

Now it's Japan on the offensive as they inch through the phases towards the USA line.

27 12 - 8

The Japanese maul rolls one way and then the other before Fujita finds a gap in the US defence and it's 12-8 to Japan with a kick to come...

28 14 - 8

Goromaru converts. More on his kicking style here.

29

How will the Americans respond? With some phases that finally break down when a McGinty chip over the Japanese line goes astray.

30

USA's Hayden Smith goes off.

31

Japan have a penalty. Earlier in this game this happened:

32 17 - 8

Goromaru kicks true and it's 17-8 to Japan.

33

Japan gaining in confidence and cohesiveness. USA unable to string together enough phases to really threaten.

35

USA kick for the corner and a Keystone Cop style sequence ends with the Japanese being forced to touch the ball down in their own endzone. USA scrum on the five-yard line.

37

The scrum collapses and will reset. Can USA capitalise here?

38

Scrum Two sees Samu Manoa pick from the base and run towards the line but he doesn't get far and good Japanese tackling halts the Americans. Scrum to Japan. Eventually.

40

A big Japanese push wins a penalty in front of their own posts. Kick for touch coming and that's half-time.

40+1

Rob Bartlett's half-time verdict from Kingsholm: "Kingsholm, one of England's finest rugby venues, was given the honour of hosting the World Cup's last pool stage match between Japan and the USA: the Shed was in full voice as an electric crowd witnessed a frantic opening 40 minutes in Gloucester. Matsushima finished a scything move to give Japan an early try, much to the red-and-white-clad locals' delight, as scrum-half Tanaka stole the show. The Eagles responded with a wonderful effort of their own as Takudzwa Ngwenya displayed lightning pace to finish a patiently worked try. However, much like their three previous pool matches, the USA had only themselves to blame as their own mistakes came back to haunt them. A Japanese turnover straight from kick off allowed their famous driving maul a look at the try line and Fujita took full advantage to dive over. Combined with Goromaru's sublime kicking, Japan look likely to earn their first-ever World Cup win over the USA. "

40+2

 

So, USA have 40 minutes to avoid sharing the Rugby World Cup wooden spoon with Uruguay, the only other pointless team. Even Namibia have a point. Canada have two. Pool tables here

40

And we're off again.

41

Japan have a penalty in 45-yards straight in front of the posts. Another chance for Goromaru...

42

Japan lead 20-8.

43 20 - 8

We have a bit of punting practice from the full-backs and USA have a lineout in their own half.

44

USA get a penalty in midfield and kick for the corner. USA! USA! goes a section of the crowd.

45

The American drive for the line is halted by strong Japanese defence and then eventually stopped by a knock-on. Japanese scrum on their own five-yard line.

46

47

Japanm win the scrum, run the ball a bit and then kick for touch near the halfway line.

48

Hesketh comes on for Japan as Matsushima goes off for a head injury assessment. He walked off and it looks more precautionary than worrying.

49

USA on the attack and have a scrum put-in on their right, just outside the Japanese 22.

50

USA advance through several phases but actually they're not advancing very far as they are stopped time and again by solid US tackling until the ball is finally knocked on and that small period of dominance comes to an end.

51

But then the Japanese hold on to the ball in a ruck and USA have a penalty near the posts.

52

54 20 - 11

MacGinty's kick is .... good and the lead is cut to 9 points.

55

USA cough up the ball in their own 22 from a big hit after the kick off, but they turn the ball over under the posts and can clear their lines.

56

Matsushima is back after a quick check up. Hesketh goes off again. The Japanese lose their own lineout and USA can clear their lines again.

57

Ngwenya receives the ball in a slither of space out wide and looks like he might gallop clear for a score but is brought down by a great tackle.

59

Japan camp themselves in the US 22 for phase after phase and have a penalty. Plus a yellow card for Eric Fry. USA down to 14 men for 10 minutes.

60

Japan say No to three easy points to kick for the corner and try for seven points instead.

61 25 - 11

And they get them with a TRY!

62

Mafi claims the try with a drive into the corner. Goromaru misses the conversion. 25-11.

63

The Japanese pack are now on top and this is giving their backs the chance to throw the ball around. USA are tiring.

64

A series of kicks are charged down and the Americans lose a chance to break and Japan are on the attack again, back inside the 22, moving through the phases and looking much the fitter of the two teams.

65

Wave after wave of red and white hooped drives towards the US line. The American tackling is brave and eventually a turnover is forced and Wyles boots the ball into the Shed.

66

67

Japan win the lineout and roll the maul towards the US line again. Phase after phase again. Admirable patience from the Japanese.

68

USA finally regain the ball - the American forwards have forced plenty of turnover ball. They've also coughed it up themselves too often.

69

USA attacking through Barrett and have a penalty near the Japan posts. They tap and go and inch towards the line.

70 25 - 16

And then a mispass out wide to Wyles and it's a TRY!

71 25 - 18

MacGinty's kick is ... good. And it's a one-score game.

72

USA are back to 15 men and just one converted try behind Japan.

73

Japan drive down their left but suddenly they are the team lacking fluency and looking like the end of the tournament can't come soon enough. They retain possession though and making it hard for the USA to gain any momentum.

74

Japan have a penalty near the halfway line but in front of the posts. A score here would surely end this game as a competition...

75

The kick is good. 28-18.

76 28 - 18

USA pick themselves up and go again. Hard to see them getting two scores from here though...

77

Barring a miracle, USA will finish the World Cup for the fourth time in their seven appearances without a win.

78

Japan regain the ball and attack from deep. USA win the ball back with a penalty. They tap and go but now there really is too little time to claw this back now.

80

Japan kick for touch and win. USA go home winless and pointless. Japan are the first team ever to win three pool games but not advance to the next round!

80+1

Rob Bartlett's verdict from the stadium: "A wonderful advert for world rugby. With 10 minutes to go in effectively a dead rubber, both Japan and USA were playing as if it was the final. The second half began as frantic as the first -- how apt it was Goromaru, Japan's leading light in England, who kicked the 2000th point of the tournament. Amanaki Mafi continued his impressive showing on the world stage with a superb pick-up try from the driving maul, before Eric Fry's yellow card invited further Brave Blossoms' pressure on their try line. However, following Samu Manoa's seismic hit on Japan fly-half Kosei Ono, the Eagles kicked into life as Chris Wyles superbly finished a fine move for the side with 14 men. Goromaru, of course, had the final say with another cleanly struck penalty as the 2019 hosts left England with a third victory and, finally, a World Cup scalp over America. "

80+2

Thank you and goodnight from ESPNscrum Towers.

Timeline

Time Japan  Score  United States of America
0 start of first half start of first half
4 0 - 3 MacGinty - penalty goal
6 Matsushima - try 5 - 3
8 Goromaru - conversion 7 - 3
23 7 - 8 Ngwenya - try
27 Fujita - try 12 - 8
28 Goromaru - conversion 14 - 8
30 Smith - sub off
Dolan - sub on
32 Goromaru - penalty goal 17 - 8
40 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half
Hatakeyama - sub on
Yamashita - sub off
Holani - sub off
Mafi - sub on
start of second half
43 Goromaru - penalty goal 20 - 8
48 Hesketh - sub on
Matsushima - sub off
54 20 - 11 MacGinty - penalty goal
56 Hesketh - sub off
Matsushima - sub on
58 Mikami - sub on
Inagaki - sub off
60 Fry - yellow card
61 Mafi - try
Hiwasa - sub on
Tanaka - sub off
25 - 11
63 Thiel - sub on
Fenoglio - sub off
McFarland - sub off
Barrett - sub on
67 Ives - sub off
Makabe - sub on
70 25 - 16 Wyles - try
71 25 - 18 MacGinty - conversion
72 Hesketh - sub on
Ono - sub off
Broadhurst - sub off
Tui - sub on
76 Goromaru - penalty goal
Horie - sub off
Kizu - sub on
28 - 18 Quill - sub on
Peterson - sub off
80 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
0
80

Notes

 
Result Japan won by a margin of 10 points
Rugby World Cup points Japan 4, United States of America 0
 
Ground name Kingsholm, Gloucester (neutral venue)
Attendance 14517
 
Referee GW Jackson (New Zealand)
 
Japan Test debuts none
United States of America Test debuts none

Teams

Japan United States of America
Tries Matsushima (6), Fujita (27), Mafi (61) Tries Ngwenya (23), Wyles (70)
Cons Goromaru (8, 28) Cons MacGinty (71)
Pens Goromaru (32, 43, 76) Pens MacGinty (4, 54)

Match stats

Japan   United States of America
3 Tries 2
2 from 3 Conversion goals 1 from 2
3 from 3 Penalty goals 2 from 2
83.0% Kick at goal success 75.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
24 Kicks from hand 29
147 Passes 154
141 Runs 126
372 Metres run with ball 358
Attacking
53% (48%/58%) Possession (1H/2H) 47% (52%/42%)
52% (46%/57%) Territory (1H/2H) 48% (54%/43%)
4 Clean breaks 5
18 Defenders beaten 19
14 Offloads 5
102 from 109 (93.6%) Rucks won 99 from 101 (98.0%)
6 from 7 (85.7%) Mauls won 3 from 4 (75.0%)
12 Turnovers conceded 13
Defensive
138/19 Tackles made/missed 142/18
88.0% Tackling success rate 89.0%
Set pieces
8 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 5 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
9 won, 1 lost (90.0%) Lineouts on own throw 9 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
Discipline
8 Penalties conceded 7
0/0 Yellow/red cards 1/0

JPN stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Goromaru 0/0 13 19/2/8 30 0 2 2 0 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Fujita 1/0 5 0/4/10 28 1 1 1 0 2/2 0/0 0 0/0
C Tatekawa 0/0 0 0/9/9 16 0 1 1 0 9/3 0/0 0 0/0
C Wing 0/0 0 0/3/12 27 0 3 1 3 8/0 0/0 2 0/0
W Matsushima 1/0 5 0/0/5 41 2 3 0 0 4/0 0/0 1 0/0
FH Ono 0/0 0 4/18/11 49 1 3 1 1 7/4 0/0 0 0/0
SH Tanaka 0/0 0 1/59/5 5 0 0 4 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Inagaki 0/0 0 0/0/4 10 1 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Horie 0/1 0 0/1/5 6 0 0 0 0 6/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Yamashita 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Thompson 0/0 0 0/2/11 17 0 1 1 2 15/1 4/0 3 0/0
L Ives 0/0 0 0/1/10 7 0 0 0 2 7/0 3/0 1 0/0
F Leitch 0/0 0 0/5/16 26 0 1 1 1 15/0 0/0 0 0/0
F Broadhurst 0/0 0 0/0/5 8 0 1 0 0 14/2 2/0 0 0/0
N8 Holani 0/0 0 0/4/4 5 0 0 0 1 9/1 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Kizu 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Mikami 0/0 0 0/0/4 10 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Hatakeyama 0/0 0 0/2/4 12 0 0 2 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Makabe 0/0 0 0/0/3 3 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Mafi 1/0 5 0/1/8 41 0 2 0 0 6/1 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Tui 0/0 0 0/0/4 10 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
(SH) Hiwasa 0/0 0 0/36/1 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Hesketh 0/0 0 0/0/1 19 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

USA stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Wyles 1/1 5 13/8/10 78 1 1 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Ngwenya 1/0 5 1/4/7 43 2 1 1 2 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Kelly 0/0 0 0/4/8 24 0 1 1 1 9/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Palamo 0/0 0 0/5/5 22 0 3 0 1 7/2 0/0 0 0/0
FH MacGinty 0/1 8 12/32/6 13 0 1 0 1 10/3 0/0 0 0/0
SH Petri 0/0 0 0/81/2 0 0 0 0 3 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Fry 0/0 0 0/2/5 5 0 0 1 1 7/0 0/0 3 1/0
H Fenoglio 0/0 0 0/0/7 2 0 0 0 1 12/1 0/0 1 0/0
P Lamositele 0/0 0 0/1/8 18 0 0 0 0 8/2 0/0 0 0/0
L Smith 0/0 0 0/0/7 4 0 0 0 0 5/2 2/0 0 0/0
L Peterson 0/0 0 0/2/7 3 0 0 0 1 16/0 2/0 1 0/0
F McFarland 0/0 0 0/2/6 2 0 0 0 0 9/1 2/0 0 0/0
F Durutalo 0/0 0 0/3/14 44 0 1 1 1 15/2 2/0 1 0/0
N8 Manoa 0/0 0 0/6/18 29 0 3 1 0 7/3 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Thiel 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Dolan 0/0 0 0/2/6 6 0 0 0 0 6/0 1/1 0 0/0
(L) Quill 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Barrett 0/0 0 0/1/2 24 1 4 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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