Waseda Uni edges out Oxfird Uni tourists
September 18, 2006

A penalty in the 78th minute from Japan international Ayumu Goromaru helped Waseda University to a 22-20 win over Oxford University at Chichibunomiya Stadium on Sunday.

The loss was Oxford's second in the three-match tour, but coach Steve Hill praised his team saying that they had "made strong strides forward in the last 10 days."

The Waseda backs scored three superb tries in the first half through Tomoyuki Kanno, Yuta Imamura and Takuro Mihara, two of which were converted by Goromaru.

But Oxford hit back through tries by Kevin Brennan and Joe Roff, who also added a conversion and penalty, and the teams went into the break with Waseda leading 19-15.

The second half was a much tighter affair and the only try came in the 68th minute when Oxford's Chris Haw crossed in the corner.

Oxford looked like they were going to hold on for a famous win, but Goromaru had the last word.

"I thought our handling skills were very good," said Waseda's new coach Ryuji Nakatake. "We made a few mistakes in the second half but I told the players to not worry as it is early in the season."

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