Japan’s Shibasaki best on ground but Solomon Islands take home the win

Solomon Islands up against Japan in the Emerging Nations World Championship Finals. 

The Solomon Islands got off to a quick start scoring a try through the prop Jimmy Maebati and the Conversion was successful from the winger Eddie Moe’ava to make it a early 6-0 lead. 

In the 10th minute it looked like Solomon Islands had gone in again off the back of a great bomb but the fullback Moses Singamoana dropped the ball over the line but it wasn’t long until they went over again in the 12th minute through the halfback Timo Siainga running through a nice hole to score a nice try. With Eddie Moe’ava converting the Islands lead 12-0. 

Both sides couldn’t hold the ball and in a passage of play Solomon Islands dropped the ball and the Japanese lock Enemarki Shibasaki swooped on the ball to score right under the posts. With a successful conversion by Japan Solomon Islands lead was cut down to 12-6. 

Japan had a great set after points getting the ball back in good field possession in Solomon Islands 10 metre zone. They couldn’t capitalise on the good possession dropping it short of the line. 

Solomon Islands themselves capitalised off the back of a Japanese mistake scoring a try against the run of play through Eddie Moe’ava. Sanga took over the kicking duties but couldn’t convert from the sideline. Solomon Islands lead 16-6. 

Solomon Islands started to break the game open in the 29th minute with a nice early shift to Tongaka who raced away to score a very good try. Sanga converted from in front to give Solomon Islands a handy 22-6 lead in the 30th minute. 

With a few minutes to close out the first half Eddie Moe’ava broke through the Japanese defence to score his second try and to add insult to injury he managed to improve his position close to the posts. Timo Sanga converted to give his side a 28-6 lead. 

The halftime break couldn’t come soon enough for Japan as they went into the break trailing 28-6. 

The second half kicked off as the lights came on over Windsor Oval with Solomon Islands hoping to continue their domination over the Japanese side. 

Japan had a couple of attacking raids early in the second half but failed to convert those opportunities into points as Solomon Islands managed to keep them out and force errors.  

In the 50th minute Japan lost their hooker Kazuki Fukushige to what looked like a lower leg injury and in the next set Japan exploited the blind side of Solomon Islands defence as Dai Fujitaka went over in the corner but their conversion fell short and Solomon Islands lead 28-10. 

A sigh of relief for Solomon Islands with their fullback going down with what looked like an injury but he was able to recover and got up to play the ball and off the back of that they found a hole in the Japanese defence as five eight Tony Taupongi ran over to the corner and planted the ball down to make it a 32-10 lead. Halfback Timo Sanga converted from the sideline to extend his teams lead 34-10. 

Solomon Islands backrower Saomatangi was sin binned for a professional foul giving Japan a 10 minute advantage. 

Japan went over for their third try off a beautiful litre kick through the defensive line from Shibasaki and a player came through to plant the ball down and with Kariao converting Solomon Islands lead 34-16.

Shibasaki scored his second try of the day as he raced 40 metres to score a cracker of a Try as Kariao converted and the scored was in Solomon Islands favour 34-22 with 14 minutes to go. 

The Solomon Islands were able to go over again through Jimmy Maebati for his second try of the day off the back of a great run and offload  by the little halfback Sanga. Sanga was able to convert to give his side a 40-22 lead. 

Solomon Islands with 5 minutes to go put to bed any chance of a Japanese comeback as Angikitasi crashed over from dummy half and with the conversion unsuccessful Solomon Islands lead 44-22. 

It looked like the Solomon Islands five eight was going to score for all money but the Japanese chaser was able to run him into touch in the 78th minute. 

With the full time siren sounding Solomon Islands took the win 44-22 over a brave Japan side. 

Scoring Summary:

Solomon Islands: 44

Tries - Jimmy Maebati 2, Timo Sanga, Eddie Moe’ava 2, Larvenstarr Tongaka, Tony Taupongi, Shatler Angikitasi 

Goals - Eddie Moe’ava 2, Timo Sanga 5

Japan: 22

Tries - Enarmaki Shibasaki 2, Dai Fujitaka, Unknown Player

Goals - Futashi Kariao 3


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