The test match of Japan national rugby union team vs. Argentina national rugby union team was held in the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium Tokyo, on November 5. The starting lineup of Japan were almost expected. But Masataka Mikami(PR)was injured so Satoshi Nakatani was played starter. Nakatani is the age of 35, this is the first time for him to join the national team, officially nicknamed Brave Blossoms.

So the starting members of Japan is that: ■PR: Kensuke Hatakeyama, Satoshi Nakatani ■HO: Shota Horie ■LO: Kyosuke Kajikawa, Samuela Anise ■FL: Yuhimaru Mimura, Uwe Helu ■No.8: Amanaki Lelei Mafi ■SH: Fumiaki Tanaka ■SO: Yu Tamura ■CTB: Harumichi Tatekawa, Amanaki Lotoahea ■WTB: Akihito Yamada, Lomano Lava Lemeki ■FB: Kotaro Matsushima

The Argentina national rugby team, officially nicknamed Los Pumas, came to Japan on November 1. Agustín Creevy(HO)of the captain and Nicolas Sanchez(SO)of the leading scorers in 2015 Rugby World Cup were the starting member. All starting members of Los Pumas had played in the Jaguares of the Super Rugby.

In the 6th minute of the first half, Tamura scored a penalty goal, Japan was the first to score. But Matias Moroni(WTB)got a try, Argentina reversed 5 to 3. Then the attack of Argentina began fiercely. Sanchez got the penalty goals 3 times in a row. He also scored a try and a conversion kick. Japan only scored a penalty goal by Tamura. Argentina took the lead in score of 21 to 6.

In the second half, the attack of Argentina was followed. Santiago Cordero(WTB)and Moroni got the tries and Sanchez got 2 penalty goals until 10 minite. So Argentina took the lead in the score of 35 to 6. After 2 minute, Mafi scored a first try of Japan. Tamura also got a penalty kick, Japan fought back with score of 35 to 13. But the attack of Argentina began once again. Cordero , Moroni and Tomas Cubelli(SH)got the tries and Sanchez got 2 penalty goals. Japan scored a try by Lemeki just before the end of the second half. Finally, Argentina beat Japan 54 to 20. The total results of Japan and Argentina is that Japan took 1 win and 5 losses.

It is not long since Japan national rugby union team joined, so Japan didn’t take the defense of cooperation and allowed the attack of Los Pumas. Argentina have been played with the same members from the previous six months, and they played in The Rugby Championship through early October from late August. So Argentina was more than a team of cooperation. The good play of Japan is the try of Lemeki. Because the Backs is connect the ball with speed, the try was scored. So they should practice more the method of attack. Next match, Japan play with Georgia at Tbilisi in November 12.

This youtube’s video is the movie of Japan vs. Argentina.

Japan have played against Argentina in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2016 in June. In this time, Argentina also beat Japan 39 to 20. This youtube’s video is the movie of the match.