Turkey demolish Japan 60-0

After a strong start to the Emerging Nations World Championship Turkey were looking to continue their winning ways against Japan.

A mistake from Japan off the kick off gave Turkey a great opportunity early on and the Turkish Rugby League side made the most of the opportunity with Ali Bokeyhan Surer going over from dummy half and converting his own try to give Turkey an early 6-0 lead after 3 minutes. 

Japan looked to be in for a long day early with the fullback Sean Gabites dropping the ball off a kick giving Turkey another excellent attacking opportunity. Off the scrum Turkey lost possession letting Japan off the hook. 

Turkey split the Japanese defence and looked certain to score a few minutes later but Jansin Turgut dropped the ball just out from the goal line. 

Despite it only being 6-0 the opening 15 minutes saw Turkey dominate possession but the Japanese defence held on and kept the big Turkish players out until Yusuf Dagdanasar strolled over untouched under the posts. Ali Bokeyhan Surer converted again to give Turkey a 12-0 lead. 

The next set after scoring Turkey steamrolled their way up the field gaining a penalty and after taking the tap Ali Bokeyhan Surer went over for his second from dummy half. Surer converted his try again and Turkey lead 18-0. 

Japan earned themselves back to back sets but couldn’t capitalise on their opportunity. 

The Japanese fullback was taken from the field for a HIA in the 25th minute and Japan gained a couple of back to back penalties to help them up field. 

A strong Turkish tackle dislodged the ball close to the line and another Japanese attacking set is wasted. 

The Turkey forwards kept steamrolling up field making it hard for the much smaller Japanese pack to contain them and in the 29th minute Turkish centre Arda Dalcik crashed over the line only to drop the ball letting Japan off the hook once again. 

Turkey scored their 4th Try if the match off the back of a great run down the sideline by Alper Karabork and it was Ali Bokeyhan Surer who scored again from dummy half making it a first half hat trick and converted to make it a commanding 24-0 Turkish lead after 34 minutes. 

Off the back of a strong set after a try Turkey went in again when captain Jansin Turgut sold a beautiful dummy and went over under the posts. Surer converted and Turkey lead 30-0. 

The Turkey forwards were exceptional in laying the platform in the first half in particular Adem Baskonyali just rolling through the Japanese defence. 

Going into the halftime break Turkey lead Japan with a massive 30-0 lead. 

The second half commenced and Japan looked to spread it wide early but were bundled into touch on the 40m line in Turkeys half giving the opposition good field possession early. 

Turkey started to throw the ball around spreading the Japanese defence and off the back of a chip Japan put an end to the attacking set. 

Alper Karabork gathered a Japan kick and broke the defence down the sideline scoring an excellent 60 metre try and celebrating with the ball boy. Surer from the sideline couldn’t convert and the score remained 34-0. 

Japan had another promising set in the Turkish teams half but again they couldn’t convert the set into points with the Turkish defensive line too quick and putting an end to the Japanese attacking raid. 

Turkey off a scrum feed scored in the corner through a great little offload from Salman-Cochran to the captain Jansin Turgut to crash over for his second try. Surer missed the conversion once again and Turkey had a commanding 38-0 lead. 

The Japanese defence couldn’t contain the Turkish forwards who continued to stroll up field and Adem Baskonyali scored a very well deserved try in the 57th minute and the score really started to blow out of Japans control. Ali Bokeyhan Surer manages to convert the try to give Turkey a 44-0 lead. 

Japan really struggled getting out of their own half with the Turkish defence pushing them back on every tackle. 

Turkey crashed over in the 70th minute through Enes Erten and with the successful conversion from Surer, Turkey lead 50-0. 

Presley Salman-Cochran appealed for a Try in the 74th minute after toeing the ball up field but the referee denied the Turkish player an excellent try. 

It wouldn’t be long until Turkey went over again when Ata Doruk Celikutan split the Japan defence passed Alican Acar who then passed back inside to Celikutan to score in the corner. Surer couldn’t convert from the sideline and Turkey lead 54-0. 

Turkey crashed over for one last try and bringing up the double for Enes Erten and with Yusuf Dagdanasar taking the kicking duties slots it over bringing the score to 60-0. 

Turkey were just too strong for Japan today running out convincing winners 60-0. 

Scoring Summary:


Tries - 

Goals -

Turkey: 60

Tries -
Ali Bokeyhan Surer 3, Jansin Turgut 2, Enes Erten, Yusuf Dagdanasar, Alper Karabork, Adem Baskonyali, Ata Doruk Celikutan 

Goals -

Ali Bokeyhan Surer 7, Yusuf Dagdanasar 1


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