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World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 03:06

The second round of the competition just kicked off in Suva. Fiji TV live stream here.

Schedule
March 10
Junior Japan 34-31 Samoa A
Fiji Warriors 38-30 Tonga A

March 14
Samoa A v Tonga A
Fiji Warriors v Junior Japan

March 18
Tonga A v Junior Japan
Fiji Warriors v Samoa A

Rosters
Fiji Warriors
Junior Japan
Samoa A
Tonga A

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Coloradoan » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 03:58

Surprised to not see Japan's outstanding winger Moeakiola from last year's JWC in the squad. Injured?

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 04:29

He joined the Sunwolves, so I'd guess the feeling is he doesn't need to be in this squad and prove himself further. He can continue to train in a professional environment uninterrupted and another player gets a chance to show what they're capable of.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Coloradoan » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 05:44

The Captain's Run wrote:He joined the Sunwolves, so I'd guess the feeling is he doesn't need to be in this squad and prove himself further. He can continue to train in a professional environment uninterrupted and another player gets a chance to show what they're capable of.


Makes sense although if he's not getting regular match time with the Sunwolves, you'd think this might be a good spot to get some match time against quality opposition.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 07:24

Scores from today's matches:

Tonga A 30-22 Samoa A
Fiji Warriors 38-16 Junior Japan

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby ferrari1000 » Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 07:56

As expected, Fiji warriors are the stronger team in the competition.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 00:51

The final day has kicked off. Tonga A has an early 12-7 lead over Junior Japan.

I believe the Fiji Warriors have already won the competition. Tonga and Japan's best-case scenarios is a tie in standings points with Fiji. The first tiebreaker is typically head-to-head, which goes to Fiji in both scenarios.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 02:14

Final score: Junior Japan 42-33 Tonga A

The broadcaster indicated that points difference will be the tiebreaker, and Japan played towards the end as if that was the case. If so, Fiji wins the tournament with a win, a draw, a loss by less than 42, or if they simply score four tries.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Warpath » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 03:00

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Worl ... enge#Table i just updated that , i think Fiji has already won unless Japan has 11 points and not 10 (world rugby too slow to update their site)

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 04:06

Fiji's fourth try made the tiebreaker situation moot - they will come out of this match as champions. And they're well on their way to winning the match for good measure, 34-18 through 50 minutes.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Warpath » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 05:01

Final score 48-25
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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby The Captain's Run » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 05:11

Great tournament overall. There was plenty of raw talent on display and a few players really stood out, like Fiji's former Sunwolf John Stewart and Japan's Tevita Tatafu. Fiji still had a fairly easy time after an early scare from Tonga but based on the increased parity over last year's tournament, it looks like all of these teams have taken a step forward.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 09:40

Japan much more competitive, on twitter someone said it was a similar Uni based side to previous tournaments so that seems a big improvement from them.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Hinato » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 10:59

Les Kosuke Horikoshi, Faulua Makisi, Tevita Tatafu, Naoto Saito, Koki Takeyama, Shogo Nakano et Ryuji Noguchi sont promis à un grand avenir en sélection. Tatafu, Saito, Tatekayama, j'ai découvert ces gamins au tournoi national lycéen. Très longtemps que je les suit. Tout comme Shogo Nakano qui est le très grand espoir nippon au centre (avec Yusuke Kajimura). Le "Sonny Bill Williams" japonais est tout simplement monstrueux pour son âge. Il a été énorme face aux Tonga A aujourd'hui. Cette facilité à faire des offloads, sa puissance physique et cette qualité défensive, il va très vite éclore!

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 13:01

Nakano is bigger than Japanese number 8s from 20 years ago! A real modern centre. 100kgs and still a teenager I read.

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Re: World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2017

Postby Hinato » Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 14:49

sk 88 wrote:Nakano is bigger than Japanese number 8s from 20 years ago! A real modern centre. 100kgs and still a teenager I read.


Shogo Nakano => 19 ans, 186 cm, 100 kg

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