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Brave Blossoms sting Samoa

30th May 2014 18:39


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Victors: Japan

Japan weathered an early storm to race to a 33-14 victory over Samoa, their seventh win on the trot, but just their third in 13 clashes with the Pacific Islanders, in Tokyo on Friday.

Full-back Ayumu Goromaru kicked a total of 18 points, while winger Yoshikazu Fujita seared over for a brace of tries as the Brave Blossoms overturned a 7-0 deficit to blitz their hard-hitting rivals.

With head coach Eddie Jones, the man credited with masterminding the continual growth of the game in Japan targeting a quarter-final spot at next year's World Cup, the win will offer his side some psychological benefit as Samoa join Japan, Scotland, USA and South Africa in Pool B in England.

"We've broken the record with seven wins in a row," Jones told reporters. "That's a fantastic achievement. Our target next week is to make it eight."

"We made hard work of it but the great thing is we created a lot of opportunities. I really liked the attitude of the players today and obviously we can improve."

"It was a big Test for us as we build for the World Cup," admitted Samoa counterpart Steven Betham.

"We learn from our mistakes and move on. Japan work well as a unit. They have made big strides in the last couple of years."

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