Japan push France all the way in Test draw


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    Japan have produced a spirited second-half display to draw 23-23 with France at the U Arena in Nanterre.

    France ended a run of five-straight international defeats but failed to build on a first-half lead of 13-8 after Rabah Slimani went over to add to two Francois Trinh-Duc penalties.

    The Brave Blossoms, who last weekend beat Tonga 39-6 in Toulouse, swiftly got themselves back into the contest after a try from Timothy Lafaele, which Yu Tamura converted to put the tourists ahead.

    However, after Gabriel Lacroix’s try and another Trinh-Duc penalty, his fifth successful kick at goal for the night, Les Bleus looked set to lift the pressure on Guy Noves as they moved into the closing stages 23-18 ahead.

    Japan, though, responded once again as Shintaro Ishihara went over with just seven minutes left to tie the match.

    Tamura missed the conversion for what could have been a remarkable Test win.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • November 26th 2017 @ 2:59pm
      rebel said | November 26th 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

      Well done Japan. Hopefully they keep building.

    • November 26th 2017 @ 7:50pm
      Eddard said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

      Japan were the better team and should have won. They created a lot more opportunities than France and probably should have scored another 2 or 3 tries. The missed conversion at the end was a shame. Still, very good result for them. France on the other hand is in disarray.

    • November 26th 2017 @ 10:27pm
      Peter said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

      Shintaro! What a splendid name for a Brave Blossom! (If you were born after 1980, go and look it up 🙂

      • Roar Rookie

        November 27th 2017 @ 2:47pm
        piru said | November 27th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

        As in Shintaro The Samurai?

    • November 27th 2017 @ 4:28am
      Connor33 said | November 27th 2017 @ 4:28am | ! Report

      Brilliant result.

    • Roar Guru

      November 27th 2017 @ 5:57am
      Harry Jones said | November 27th 2017 @ 5:57am | ! Report

      They’re going to shock some top tier nation in a World Cup one day …

      Oh, wait!

    • November 27th 2017 @ 8:02am
      adastra32 said | November 27th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      Aaaaah, the French…..most of the rest of the 6N is looking forward to playing them on this performance.

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