Japan win Junior World Trophy
April 19, 2014
© Getty Images
Japan secured a place in next season's Junior World Championship after they defeated Tonga 35-10 in the final of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong on Saturday.
The Japanese, orchestrated superbly by half-backs Genki Okoshi and captain Rikiya Matsuda, scored four tries, including a penalty try, as they finally emerged triumphant in the final of the after losses at the same stage in each of the last three years.
The victory means that Japan will take their place alongside the world's top Under-20 teams in Italy next year for the first time since they dropped out of the Junior World Championship back in 2009.
USA edged Uruguay 26-25 to finish third in the tournament. Georgia enjoyed a 46-17 win over Namibia to claim fifth, whilst in the opening match of the final day Canada came from behind to beat Hong Kong 33-30 and secure seventh place.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Brendan Rodgers admitted his job is by no means safe after Liverpool slumped to a "disappointing" 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill admitted he was unhappy with his side's indifferent performance in their 26-5 victory over London Welsh
Shaun Murphy made a 147 break in the final of the Ruhr Open as he was crowned champion in Germany - but could have made three in one day
Hull City manager Steve Bruce accused Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen of exaggerating to get Gaston Ramirez sent off, suggesting such behaviour "can't be healthy" for the Premier League
Jenson Button insists he is still at the top of his game after he finished what might be his last grand prix fifth in Abu Dhabi