TOKYO: Japan prepared for their July series against France with a 43-7 victory over Uruguay in Kitakyushu on Saturday, scoring six tries to back up last week’s 34-15 victory over the South Americans in Tokyo.
Skipper Atsushi Sakate gave Japan a strong start when he crossed after five minutes, and three penalties from flyhalf Takuya Yamasawa quickly gave the home side a 14-0 lead at Mikuni World Stadium.
They stalled for a while after that, but center Dylan Riley missed the ball just before half-time, flanker Ben Gunter hit the ground soon after the break and South African winger Gerhard van den Heever scored a try to mark his Test debut.
A penalty try on the hour mark took a 36-0 lead and Riley’s centre-partner Yusuke Kajimura scored the final try after Uruguayan flanker Santiago Civetta was sent to the trash.
Lee Seung Sin came on as flyhalf on his debut in place of Yamasawa, who had missed four conversions, and netted extras after Kajimura tried to extend the lead to 43-0.
Los Teros finally entered the table thanks to a try from number eight Manuel Ardao six minutes from time with Japan one man down after prop Keita Inagaki was shown a yellow card.
The 2019 World Cup quarter-finalists will face France, hosts of the 2023 tournament, at Toyota Stadium next Saturday with the second test at Tokyo’s National Stadium the following week.
(Writing by Nick Mulvenney, editing by John Stonestreet)