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Thursday, 22nd September 2011
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Japan's Rugby World Cup dreams crushed

Japan had their hopes of success in the Rugby World Cup quashed after suffering their third defeat in the competition.

The team was beaten by a strong Tongan side that eliminated them from the tournament following a 57-14 victory for Tonga.

By the 63rd minute Japan were fighting their corner to stay in the competition with one last try before Tonga's wing, Fetu'u Vainikolo, scored what he described as his best try ever.

James Alridge had a poor first half, missing his first two conversions and receiving ten minutes in the sin bin for being offside.

Luke Thompson, second row for Japan, explained how the defeat was worsened by his side's mistakes.

He said: "That's what guts us. If we played well and lost, then so be it.

"They managed to slow the game down and play their style and that's what won them the game."

Currently at number 13 on the IRB World Rankings, Japan will face Canada in their final game on September 27th in Napier.

Posted by Mark Smith  

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