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Thursday, June 10, 2010

North Harbour too strong for Japan in PNC warmup

The Pacific Nations Cup tournament kicks off this coming weekend, involving Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Japan. The latter played a warmup game against New Zealand province North Harbour in Albany, but went down 23-19 despite a comeback.

North Harbour had led 16-0 at halftime on Friday, and had a 23-7 lead in the second half, but Japan came back late to score two tries in the last 12 minutes as they kicked into gear with their tries scored by Shota Horie, Alisi Tupauailei, and Koji Wada.

North Harbour were pleased with the international scalp as they beat the Japanese side, Asian Five Nations champions, in their first game ahead of the domestic season.

Unforced errors stopped both sides from capitalising on good chances throughout the game, but the local side, who were outscored by three tries to two, came out on top in the end.

Japan play Fiji in their opening Pacific Nations Cup match in Lautoka this weekend. Coach John Kirwan hopes to bring a positive style to the game, and make sure his side put in the same effort as was seen against North Harbour.

"There will two different styles on display that will make for good rugby," he said. "Everyone went away from last year's game satisfied that the two teams played rugby.

"Obviously, we lost but if we can play right there to the very end and everyone plays to their ability then the result does not really matter."

After posting a poll on the Facebook Page, the majority of users said they’d like to see highlights from this game, so here they are. It’s a short clip, but includes the tries. To see what else is taking place this weekend, have a look at the fixtures here.

Time: 01:56



  • That japan centre looks decent. Good on North Harbour though. The tournament should be good this year

    By Anonymous Laz, at June 11, 2010 12:14 am  

  • That wasn't a knock-on for the Japanese try was it? The number 13 charged down the kick and got to the corner, how did the ref call a knock-on?

    By Anonymous number7, at June 11, 2010 12:28 am  

  • lol Harbour...God forbid the japanese play Counties or the might of Tasman.

    By Anonymous Max, at June 11, 2010 1:06 am  

  • you can see it come off his hand after his chest. well spotted by the referee's. Idiot commentator.

    By Anonymous theboss, at June 11, 2010 1:14 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2010 1:14 am  

  • Post up the Canada vs. Uruguay game highlights!!!

    By Blogger g1a1, at June 11, 2010 2:04 am  

  • Absolutely crap game. Why is this up?

    By Blogger berkerboy, at June 11, 2010 2:14 am  

  • g1a1, there is a requests section, you know. Better to post something there than whine about it here.

    By Anonymous ricky, at June 11, 2010 3:32 am  

  • New Zealand- Even provinces are of international quality.

    By Blogger Rekar Taymour, at June 11, 2010 5:45 am  

  • Italy went to NZ a few years ago under Kirwin and lost a few games to province teams.
    NZ province teams are good quality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2010 7:01 am  

  • Good to see the minnows can't compete with club sides. Good for global rugby...

    By Blogger Alexander, at June 11, 2010 10:38 am  

  • DOn't underestimate the power of the NZ provincial sides. As I recall, the 2005 Lions struggled heavily against almost all of the provincial sides.

    It seems the Kiwis always have their basics down to (almost) perfection!

    By Anonymous Sander, at June 11, 2010 10:58 am  

  • @ everyone saying knock on; it counts as a blocked kick, the ball is allowed to go forward off your hands if the opposing player just kicked it and it is on its way up.
    and @Berkerboy; I want all the rugby I can watch, don't watch/post if it was such a crap game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2010 3:00 pm  

  • Sander - I'm pretty sure the 2005 lions put 100pts (or there abouts) on one of the provincial teams.

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at June 11, 2010 4:00 pm  

  • Good to see, this is how developing nations improve. Taking there licks by the best nations in the world. Hopefully Japan will mature into a competitive force before they are hosts to the WC. This isn't crap, it's how the game spreads.

    By Anonymous YankeeRugger76, at June 11, 2010 4:15 pm  

  • could anybody tell me who is number 7 for harbour?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2010 5:54 pm  

  • the one thing ive been noticing about japan is that there amazing at mauling

    By Blogger Joe, at June 11, 2010 7:42 pm  

  • christ, it was against a division2 team who's not even near the top of the division.
    The gap between division 1 and 2 is not that small as you would think.

    By Blogger Jeroz, at June 12, 2010 6:21 am  

  • Chris Boy,


    They put 100 on Manawatu. Other results were pretty respectable from a NZ perspective also considering most top players were on ABs duty.

    Ontopic, it's a nice event at least, I think the club v national games are a good thing especially for the local area.

    By Anonymous decepti0n, at June 12, 2010 5:04 pm  

  • Number 7 for harbour was Scott Uren

    By Anonymous Jixx, at June 14, 2010 9:20 pm  

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