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Wednesday, 13th July 2011
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Japan clinch Pacific Nations Cup

Japan have clinched their first-ever International Rugby Board Pacific Nations Cup after a 24-13 win over Fiji at Churchill Park stadium.

The Brave Blossoms were in-line for the trophy alongside Tonga, both standing at 10 points for the prize after last Saturday's Tongan 28-27 defeat.

Some serious blunders by the Fijians afforded them two red cards, three yellows and a 12-man team, making all the difference to Japan swiping the tournament victory.

Fiji started off strong when Napolioni Nalag tore through the Japanese defence to take the opening try.

Japan later challenged the score during the second-half after Fiji's Bai was sent off and Go Aruga scored an unconverted try to bring the score to 8-5.

Still, Fiji seemed set for the win, taking a 13-5 lead before Japan stormed their way to the title.

Fijian coach Sam Domoni said indiscipline let his side down.

But coaching Japan, John Kirwan said: "I salute my players for the effort and they did what I asked them at the break. Now it is the World Cup and there is still a lot of work to be done."

In other sporting news, it's been a great week for the country as Feng Tianwei won the Japan open in table tennis and the women's football team have landed themselves a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

They face Sweden for a fight to the final tonight at 20.45 German local time.

Written by Mark Smith  

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