Rugby: Yamaha tip fortifying champs Panasonic as Top League kicks off

Yamaha Jubilo unprotected a outrageous fissure in fortifying champions Panasonic Wild Knights’ armor Friday night as a new Top League deteriorate got underway during Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.

The Yamaha container demolished a Panasonic scrum and a prevalence adult front laid a foundations for a 24-21 win.

“We played a Yamaha style, crafty in a set piece, putting vigour on them in invulnerability and forcing turnovers,” pronounced Yamaha manager Katsuyuki Kiyomiya.

Panasonic captain Shota Horie was underneath no illusions as to because his side mislaid their initial Top League diversion given Dec. 6, 2014.

“We mislaid a diversion in a scrum,” he said.

In further to a win, Kiyomiya also detected a detriment of Ayumu Goromaru to Toulon might be no bad thing after all, with his replacement, Gerhard outpost basement Heever, putting in an considerable change during fullback.

The South African kicked 3 conversions and a chastisement and looked solid in defense.

Though he was maybe not as tested as most as he might have suspicion he would.

“Panasonic weren’t themselves. They didn’t flog as most as we expected,” pronounced Kiyomiya.

Three-time fortifying champions Panasonic dominated a early proceedings, nonetheless it was Yamaha who bagged a initial try of a new season, when Male Sa’u followed adult and grounded a crafty chip from Tatsuhiko Otao in a 15th minute.

Jubilo afterwards extended their lead 9 mins after with a good group try, sparked by a dancing feet of Sa’u, finished off by Shinji Nakazono, with some glorious inter-passing between backs and forwards in between.

The Wild Knights strike behind though, interjection to some sorcery from Berrick Barnes, a Australian producing a miraculous offload to put debutant Keisuke Moriya divided for his initial try in a large league.

But it was Yamaha and outpost basement Heever, who had a final word in a half, when nonetheless another collapsed scrum authorised a South African to make it 17-7 during a break.

It was a box of deja vu 9 mins into a second stanza. The Wild Knights once again wilted in a scrum, handing Jubilo a chastisement try, with outpost basement Heever duly adding a extras.

The Wild Knights afterwards launched a quarrel behind with Akihito Yamada bagging a column of tries in a space of 5 mins that usually he could score, swerving and hurdling his approach past would-be tacklers.

But a 72nd-minute impiety binning of tighthead column Naoki Kawamata — who had transposed Asaeli Ai Valu only before a mangle as Panasonic manager Robbie Deans attempted to arrange a scrums out — put paid to that and authorised Jubilo to reason on for a win.

“I suspicion Panasonic did good to give ourselves a possibility given a set square difficulty,” pronounced Deans.

In a evening’s other game, Suntory Sungoliath edged Kintetsu Liners 14-13, interjection to a try 9 mins from time by flanker Masakatsu Nishikawa.


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