LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Internationals

Thumb_japan-flag-80 Japan

6

Thumb_new-zealand-ed New Zealand

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 02 November 2013 - 14h00
Kick-off : Sat, 02 November 2013 - 07h00
Venue : Tokyo
Referee : Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Japan New Zealand
Tries Sam Cane (27min), Ben Smith (30min), Richie McCaw (33min), and Beauden Barrett (67min)
Penalties Ayumu Goromaru (13min) and Ayumu Goromaru (22min)
Conversions Beauden Barrett (68min) and Beauden Barrett (76min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Sam Cane (81min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

82

Japan has one last throw of the dice and they go close, but the TMO rules that the player's foot was into touch. That is finally FULL-TIME here in Tokyo. New Zealand won easily, as expected, but credit to Japan for the the 'brave blossoms' that is their moniker. Join us later today when we bring you the England versus Australia Test from Twickenham (kick-off @ 14.30 GMT)

81

YELLOW CARD - Sam Cane binned for a cynical play a metre from line

80

Japan get another penalty as the hooter for full-time goes - they keep attacking

79

Japan wina penalty inside the AB 22 and they go quickly - looking for a consolation try

78

The ball is spilled loose in a tackle and hacked ahead by Japan

77

Scrum penalty to NZ and they set up a line-out, looking for one more try

76

Beauden Barrett adds the CONVERSION - 54-6

75

TRY - The All Blacks hit the half-ton mark as Saili chips from a turnover and Charles Piutau gets the five-pointer

73

Luke Whitelock knocks on behind the scrum

72

ASfter 13 phases the Japan hands let them down just outside their own 22 - that was a good sequence of play, which would have brought reward against a lesser defence

71

Japan enthusiastically attempt to run it out of their 22

70

All Blacks throwing everything into attack now, but Halai puts a foot into touch just inside the Japan 22

68

Beauden Barrett adds the CONVERSION - 47-6

67

TRY _ Beauden Barret gets the five-pointer as the Kiwi scrum demolishes the Japan set puiece and Kerr-Barlow puts in a neat touch

66

Now Andrew Hore wins a penalty for his team at the breakdown

66

Now Andrew Hore wins a penalty for his team at the breakdown. Kerr-Barlow again caught in possession behind a ruck

65

Free kick to Japan as the AB scrum goes early

64

Another breakdown penalty against Japan. The home team has lots of enthusiasm, but lacks the technical skills to match the Kiwis

63

All Blacks now defend energetically deep inside the Japan half and win a penalty

62

Kerr-Barlow caught in possession behind a ruck and Japan hack it upfield where a Kiwi hand knocks it on

60

Taylor fails to deal with a high bomb, but fortunately for NZ Japan's hands again let them down

59

Beauden Barrett can't add the extras - 40-6

58

TRY - Frank Halai goes over in the corner, but all the hard work was done in the scrum, before Kerr-Barlow went close

56

Two penalties in quick succession - the Kiwis looking keen to keep going, but finally McCaw settles it down and opts for another scrum

54

All Blacks demolish the Japan scrum - a bit one-sided now

53

All Blacks launch another furious raid on the Japan line, but a forward pass by McCaw ends the move 5m out

51

Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION - 35-6

50

TRY - Jeremy Thrush goes over from close range, after a maul made some progress and McCaw also went close

49

All the play taking place close to or in the Japan 22 and NZ win a penalty as the Japanese loose forwards break early at a scrum

47

Sam Canes rips the ball in the tackle and Halai hacks ahead - Japan again scramble the ball into touch just outside their 22

45

Carter attacks the line, but Saili is penalised for incorrect entry at a ruck 10m out

44

Beauden Barrett puts in a neat grubber and Japan are forced to scramble the ball into touch inside their 22

43

Scrum reset again - set pieces have been a real mess

42

Scrum free kick against Japan, for not putting the ball into the scrum quickly enough

41

The second half is underway. ABs win an early breakdown penalty, but a forward pass stops an attempted breakdout in its tracks

40

The half ends with a penalty against the All Blacks for offside. That is HALF-TIME here in Tokyo, a first half in which Japan held their own for about 20 minutes before the Kiwis stepped up the pace and settled the game as a contest. It is now just a question of how big the win will be. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Great wrap-around move by Carter, but Halai is tackled into touch just metres from the Japan line

38

Japan are very willing, bu execution keeps letting them down - another move breaks down with a forward pass just inside their half

37

Japan bash away for about 10 phases near the AB line, but then concedes a penalty - the Kiwis are lucky as the referee was playing advantage against Wyatt Crockett,k but ruled that advantage was over after about four phases

35

Japan win a penalty just inside the AB half and no go for a line-out - earlier those were aimed at the posts

34

Dan Carter adds the touchline CONVERSION - 28-6

33

TRY - Richie McCaw picks up from the back of a very unstable scrum and gets the fourth five-pointer

32

Piutau chips and Tamura is forced the carry the ball over his own line

30

TRY - Ben Smith collects a Carter chip, offloads to Piutau and supports to collect the pass and scores

30

Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION -21-6

28

Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION - 14-6

27

TRY - Sam Cane gets NZ's second five-pointer, a move started after Dan Carter bust through a whole after collected a ball spilled by Japan. Some good hands from Coles there as well

25

Francis Saili puts the ball down cold as the rain arrives - Japan scrum feed near their own 10m line

24

Japan penalised at the line-out, but Carter doesn't find touch from the penalty

23

Beauden Barrett hacks the ball into touch, but was outside his 22 - a shocker

22

Ayumu Goromaru, from bang in front, slots the PENALTY - 6-7

21

After about five phases Dane Coles is penalised for not releasing in the tackle - just outside the AB 22

19

Michael Broadhurst wins a line-out steal for Japan and then ABs go offside

18

Scrum penalty against Japan - the scrums have been a mess from the outset

17

Japan take the ball through about 10 attacking phases before a handling error brings to an end a very promising move just outside the AB 22

15

Sam Cane penalised for playing a man in the air, but Japan's hands let them down as they work their way towards the AB 22

13

Ayumu Goromaru, from about 35m out, slots the PENALTY and Japan is on the board - 3-7

12

Poor clearance by the ABs from the restart and Japan win a penalty as the Kiwis go offside

11

Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION and NZ lead 7-0

10

TRY - Charles Piutau open the scoring as he collects a ball after the Japanses fullback failed to collect a high bomb and there was just no cover

9

Francis Saili attempts a chip kick, but it is just far too deep

8

This scrum goes down in a heap and is reset - still the ABs' feed

7

The ABs work it into the Japan 22 with some strong forward rushes and then win a scrum feed as it all collapse in a hap on the ground - just too many bodies over the ball

6

Now Richie McCaw is penalised, but Japan return the favour as they tap and go and then Harumichi Tatekawa gets isolated

4

Harumichi Tatekawa barely gets the ball out his 22, but Wyatt Crockott is penalised ast the first ruck

3

Japan push the AB scrum and win a heel against the head. However, a poor kick allows the ABs to counter and Frank Halai is tackled into touch inside the Japan 22

2

Ryu Koliniasi Holani knocks the ball on as he attempts to run off the back of that scrum near his own 10m line

1

Early knock-on by the ABs, scrum reset

0

Dan Carter gets us underway

-2

Time for the haka

-5

The All Blacks are beginning to filter onto the field, but not the entire team is on and now they drift off again - false start here in Tokyo. Now both teams walk out together. Seems the ABs were a bit just too keen.

-10

It is a touch gloomy, but generally conditions are fine and it should be conducive to a good game of rugby

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Japan did beat Wales earlier this year, but that was when the Welsh were without their B&I Lions

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The All Blacks head into this game as outright favourites and all things point to it being a one sided romp. Past scores of 145-17 and 83-7 make ugly reading, as do the 74-0 and 106-4 results of the 1987 games - encounter that did not receive official Test match status. Japan's style of attack remains inspired but the Brave Blossoms focus will be on remaining solid on defence. How well they manage that will dictate the points margin.

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Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium is regarded as the spiritual home of Japanese rugby and has been sold out for over a fortnight.

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New Zealand's fearsome All Blacks will have one eye on the future when they face Japan, as they tread the long road towards their world title defence in 2015.

-30

Welcome to the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, in Tokyo, where we are getting ready for the first Test match of November - Japan against New Zealand.
Japan
Players
15 Ayumu Goromaru
14 Toshiaki Hirose
13 Male Sau
12 Craig Wing
11 Kenki Fukuoka
10 Harumichi Tatekawa
9 Fumiaki Tanaka
8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani
7 Michael Broadhurst
6 Hendrik Tui
5 Hitoshi Ono
4 Shoji Ito
3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
2 Shota Horie
1 Masataka Mikami

Substitutes
23 Yoshikazu Fujita
22 Yu Tamura
21 Kosei Ono
20 Takashi Kikutani
19 Luke Thompson
18 Hiroshi Yamashita
17 Yusuke Nagae
16 Yusuke Aoki
New Zealand
Players
16 Israel Dagg
15 Cory Jane
14 Ben Smith
13 Ma'a Nonu
12 Julian Savea
11 Aaron Cruden
10 Aaron Smith
9 Kieran Read
8 Richie McCaw
7 Steven Luatua
6 Sam Whitelock
5 Brodie Retallick
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Andrew Hore
1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes
24 Ryan Crotty
23 Beauden Barrett
22 TJ Perenara
21 Liam Messam
20 Sam Cane
19 Owen Franks
18 Ben Franks
17 Dane Coles