Japan beats Uruguay in France Test preparations

Japan have warmed up for their July run against France with a 43-7 Test win over Uruguay in Kitakyushu.

The hosts scored six tries on Saturday to bolster last week’s 34-15 win over the South Americans in Tokyo.

Skipper Atsushi Sakate got Japan off to a flying start when his lead after five minutes, and three penalties from five-eighth Takuya Yamasawa quickly gave the home side a 14-0 lead at Mikuni World Stadium.

They then stood still for a while, but center Dylan Riley crossed the turnover ball just before half time, flanker Ben Gunter landed shortly after the break and South African born winger Gerhard van den Heever scored a try to mark his Test debut.

A penalty try on the hour took the lead to 36-0 and Riley’s center partner Yusuke Kajimura scored the final try for the Cherry Blossoms after Uruguay winger Santiago Civetta was sent off to the sin box.

Lee Seung Sin made his debut in place of Yamasawa, who had missed four conversions, and added the extras after Kajimura’s five-pointer extended the lead to 43-0.

Los Teros finally came on the board six minutes before time through number eight Manuel Ardao with Japan one man behind after prop Keita Inagaki was shown a yellow card.

The quarter-finalists of the 2019 World Cup will face the 2023 host nation against France next Saturday at the Toyota Stadium, with the second test at the National Stadium in Tokyo the following week.