Record win for Under 19s

NZPA     10 Apr 2007

Flanker Luke Braid opening the scoring with the first of his three tries in the match after six minutes, wing Sean Maitland having made good ground before slipping a pass inside to Braid when he was confronted by the Japanese full back Yasutaka Sasakura.

Daniel Kirkpatrick kicked the conversion, the first of seven the fly half kicked in the match which, together with a try in each half, gave him a personal haul of 28 points in the victory as New Zealand’s superior firepower in both the forwards and back line proved too much for the Japanese.

Further tries followed in the first half from Jackson Willison, Liukanasi Manu, Sean Maitland, Israel Dagg, captain Winston Stanley, Braid, Paea Fa’anunu and Zach Guildford. However Japan stuck to their task and were rewarded for a foray into the New Zealand half by a Takaya Iida penalty after 29 minutes.

New Zealand had already made certain of the victory by half time, leading as they did 64-3, but that did not stop the 2005 and 2006 runners up attacking at every opportunity against a Japanese side who bravely battled to try and stem the flow of points.

Seven second half tries followed with Kirkpatrick, Maitland and Manu claiming their second of the match, Braid completing his hat-trick, Kade Poki grabbing a double and Quentin MacDonald also crossing the try line.

Japan though did manage to double their score just before the hour mark when centre Keisuke Masuda kicked a drop goal, but they still suffered a slightly heavier defeat than the 90-10 loss to New Zealand in the pool stages of last year’s tournament in Dubai.

New Zealand now face England in their final pool match at Ravenhill on Friday in what should prove to be a titanic battle, while Japan will meet another side looking for their first win in Samoa at Deramore, Belfast Harlequins on the same evening.