Japan win Asia Rugby Championship again

Date published: May 31 2016

Japan won their 24th Asian Rugby Championship title with a 59-17 victory over Hong Kong at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Saturday.

Hong Kong surprised the home team in the opening few minutes with a penalty and a converted try which gave them a 10-0 lead inside the opening few minutes however, Japan raised their game and tries from Naohiro Kotaki, Takuya Ishibashi and Ataata Moeakiola gave them a 24-10 lead at the break.

The hosts added another five tries in the second half which was more than enough to hand them their ninth successive Asian Rugby Championship after three convincing victories over South Korea and Hong Kong earlier in the tournament.

Japan used this year’s Asian Rugby Championship as an opportunity to test new talent and give their U20 players some much needed playing time before they depart for the U20 World Championship which starts in June.

There was double delight for the home crowd after the Japan Women’s team set the tone for the day with a 39-3 victory over the same opposition in the earlier game which handed them the Women’s Asian Rugby Championship.

Japan scored seven tries througout the game while Hong Kong only managed three points to show for their efforts. The women had set the tone and the Men’s team followed up in style.