Japan lift Asian 5 Nations trophy
May 21, 2011
Japan dedicate their victory in the Asian 5 Nations to the victims of the earthquake © Getty Images
Japan cruised past Sri Lanka 90-13 in Colombo as they lifted the Asian 5 Nations for the fourth consecutive time.
John Kirwin's men had already sealed the title last week, but rounded off the tournament in style as they ended with a perfect record of 24 points from four games. Powerful centre Alisi Tupuailai scored five tries in the game to finish the tournament as the top try scorer with nine in total.
Japan skipper Takashi Kikutani and scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka both touched down twice for the visitors while winger Takehisa Usuzuki, veteran winger Hirotoki Onozawa, flanker Toetuu Taufa and fly-half Shaun Webb all grabbed tries.
Replacement fly-half Atsushi Tanabe also scored a try along with seven conversion for an overall haul of 19 points. For Sri Lanka Chula Susantha scored a try, which was converted by fullback Saliya Kumara, Roshan Weeraratne dropped a goal and Nuwan Hettiarachchi landed a penalty. The defeat means Sri Lanka will drop out of the top division.
Hong Kong thrashed the United Arab Emirates 62-3 at a rain-swept Hong Kong Football Club to claim second place in the table. The ten-try victory ensured Hong Kong claimed the runners-up position for the first time.
Flanker Nick Hewson and fullback Ross Armour both scored two tries for Hong Kong while No.8 Pale Tauti, flanker Mark Goosen, prop Nigel Hobler, hooker Alex Harris, winger Alex McQueen and replacement Jamie Hood all crossed for the hosts.
"It was an excellent performance from the guys," said Hong Kong national coach Dai Rees. "We have always stressed what mattered was performing and today the guys shone. We didn't sneak over the line, we finished second in commanding fashion.
"We have to sustain this result. Finishing second in Asia probably means nothing at the end of the day if you look down the road to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. What matters is that we keep improving as we have done over the last few years. Last year we finished third and now we are second. We have to continue to improve."
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