England defeated Japan 35-15 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Twickenham Stadium in London. Danny Care, George Ford, Elliot Daly, Mark Wilson, Joe Cokanasiga and Dylan Hartley scored for English side. Japanese team scored with Ryoto Nakamura, Michael Leitch and Yu Tamura. This game was part of preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for national rugby union teams of both England and Japan.
England scored first in the match with Danny Care smashing a try in 4’ that Red Roses captain George Ford converted in 5’. Japan answered with Yu Tamura kicking a penalty in 17’. Ryoto Nakamura hit a try on 22′ that Tamura converted. Elliot Daly of Red Roses responded with a 28’ penalty. Brave Blossom’s skipper Michael Leitch kicked a try in 31’. Scoreline on break time was 15-10 with Japan leading. It was a remarkable performance by Brave Blossoms, and hinted they may be on mission of another giant slaying.
England had to field co-captain Owen Farrell in the second half to take back the control. George Ford started English attack after break with 56’ penalty. Mark Wilson upped the ante with 59’ try that George Ford converted in 60’. George Ford scored second penalty of his own in 65’. Joe Cokanasiga hit a 71′ penalty that George Ford converted in 72’. England regular captain Dylan Hartley scored a try in 76’ to make team total 35. Japan could not score in the second half unfortunately. England have won two matches in Autumn Internationals 2018 so far. This match served well in English preparation for RWC 2019. Japan will pride in taking Red Roses to the limit in first half. Being the host of 2019 Webb Ellis Cup means that Japanese preparation for RWC 2019 should also be on song.
England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We wanted Japan to be at their best so we’re so pleased with that game; it’s the sort of game we needed. They had a few things go their way and got back into the game and it became an arm wrestle for a while. We had a team with 11 changes and there wasn’t a lot of cohesion, but Owen Farrell made a difference for our team because he’s an influential player.”
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph said: “We gave sloppy penalties away and allowed England back in which was a little bit disappointing, but I’m proud of the players all the same. Comments in the media helped our motivation. Eddie Jones’ comments fired me up a bit but at the end of the day we still prepare how we prepare. Our mentality is slowly changing, we’re starting to believe that we can take these bigger teams on and that’s going to help us next year.”
England Vs Japan 35-15
17 November 2018 – Twickenham Stadium, London
Try: Care (4), Wilson (59), Cokanasiga (71), Hartley (76)
Con: Ford (5,60,72)
Pen: Daly (28), Ford (56,65)
Try: Nakamura (22), Leitch (31)
Con: Tamura (23)
Pen: Tamura (17)