at home, Japan surprises Irish favorites

The Japanese have a historic home win against Ireland, one of the favorite Nations of the World Cup (19-12)?

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The Cherry Blossoms team after winning against Ireland on Saturday (September 28th). Jae Hong / AP

For the first time in its history, the Japanese rugby team has defeated the Irish, yet among the favorites of the title. The host country of the 2019 World Cup has defeated the XV clover 19-12, Saturday, September 28 in Shizuoka. For the Nippons, this is a decisive step towards qualifying for the quarterfinals in which the team has never participated since the creation of the competition in 1987.

Four years after their success against the Springboks in Brighton, at the World Cup-2015, the Japanese have signed another resounding success against another major nation, contender posted in the world title. With this victory, in an electric atmosphere at Shizuoka Stadium (50 000 seats), the Cherry Blossoms have taken a good option on one of the first two places in pool A. They will face Samoa and Scotland in their two last matches.

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A controlled aggressiveness of the Japanese team

Aggressive and perfectly organized in defense, the Japanese have managed to disrupt the highly calculated game of the Irish. The Clover XV, however, had made an almost perfect start to the match, taking advantage of the Cherry Blossoms difficulties on the air balloons to register two tries and lead (12-3, 21e). But the Japanese then imposed their perfectly controlled aggressiveness in the "Ruck" to slow down the Irish routines, to return thanks to the boot of Yu Tamura (12-9 at halftime).

Fellow winger Kenki Fukuoka scored the try of the Japanese victory after a splendid move (59e). To the delight of fans Cherry Blossoms, whose red and white jerseys garnished the stands of the stadium of Shizuoka delirium.

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