Asian 5 Nations
Japan hit a century against UAE
May 14, 2011
Japan captain Hitoshi Ono carries the ball forward against the UAE © Getty Images
Japan smashed the United Arab Emirates 111-0 as they ran in 17 tries to seal their fourth Asian 5 Nations title in Dubai on Friday.
Fly-half James Arlidge scored 29 points with a try and 12 conversions while centre Ryan Nicholas claimed 17 points with a hat-trick of tries and a conversion. Winger Takeshi Usuzuki ran in four tries and Shaun Webb and Kosuke Endo grabbed two tries a piece.
Go Aruga, Hitoshi Ono, Justin Ives, Ryukoliniasi Holani and Takashi Kikutani all crossed the line for the Cherry Blossoms as they recorded a comprehensive victory, their 15th out of 15 Asian 5 Nations matches, that leaves them top of the table with 18 points and seven points clear with one round remaining.
Japan coach John Kirwan said: "I am pleased with the performance, not just the result but more so that we kept our structure throughout the game. The UAE has really improved over the last two seasons, but we really hit our straps tonight."
Kazakhstan beat Sri Lanka 34-18 in Almaty today to record their first win in their last game of this year's Asian Five Nations.
Sri Lanka led 18-17 at one point, but a try from Daulet Akymbekov put the hosts back in front and they never looked back. Sri Lanka now need an unlikely win over Japan to keep their place for the 2012 competition.
Qatar claimed the Asian 5 Nations Division IV title on its debut in the competition after beating Lebanon 29 - 14 in Dubai.
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