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Saturday 17 November 2018, 10:00am EST

England v Japan

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  • FT
  • TRY!Dylan Hartley
  • ConversionGeorge Ford
  • TRY!Joe Cokanasiga
  • Penalty GoalGeorge Ford
  • ConversionGeorge Ford
  • TRY!Mark Wilson
  • Penalty GoalGeorge Ford
  • HT
  • TRY!Michael Leitch
  • Penalty GoalElliot Daly
  • ConversionYu Tamura
  • TRY!Ryoto Nakamura
  • Yellow CardJamie George
  • Penalty GoalYu Tamura
  • ConversionGeorge Ford
  • TRY!Danny Care
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
England T C P
15 Elliot Daly 0 0 1
14 Chris Ashton 0 0 0
13 Jack Nowell 0 0 0
12 Alex Lozowski 0 0 0
11 Joe Cokanasiga 1 0 0
10 George Ford 0 3 2
9 Danny Care 1 0 0
1 Alec Hepburn 0 0 0
2 Jamie George 0 0 0
3 Harry Williams 0 0 0
4 Charlie Ewels 0 0 0
5 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
6 Courtney Lawes 0 0 0
7 Mark Wilson 1 0 0
8 Zach Mercer 0 0 0
16 Dylan Hartley 1 0 0
17 Ben Moon 0 0 0
18 Kyle Sinckler 0 0 0
19 Ted Hill 0 0 0
20 Sam Underhill 0 0 0
21 Richard Wigglesworth 0 0 0
22 Owen Farrell 0 0 0
23 Henry Slade 0 0 0
Japan T C P
15 Will Tupou 0 0 0
14 Akihito Yamada 0 0 0
13 Timothy Lafaele 0 0 0
12 Ryoto Nakamura 1 0 0
11 Kenki Fukuoka 0 0 0
10 Yu Tamura 0 1 1
9 Fumiaki Tanaka 0 0 0
1 Keita Inagaki 0 0 0
2 Atsushi Sakate 0 0 0
3 Jiwon Koo 0 0 0
4 Wimpie van der Walt 0 0 0
5 Uwe Helu 0 0 0
6 Michael Leitch 1 0 0
7 Masakatsu Nishikawa 0 0 0
8 Kazuki Himeno 0 0 0
16 Yusuke Niwai 0 0 0
17 Koki Yamamoto 0 0 0
18 Asaeli Ai Valu 0 0 0
19 Samuela Anise 0 0 0
20 Hendrik Tui 0 0 0
21 Shunsuke Nunomaki 0 0 0
22 Yutaka Nagare 0 0 0
23 Rikiya Matsuda 0 0 0


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  • With the Wallabies next up on the agenda, England will be hoping to finish the end-of-year internationals on a high - while Japan will host Russia in Gloucester to the west. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good week!
  • Twenty-five unanswered points in the second half from the hosts hands England a return to winning ways - but for long periods, they looked like they might be beaten by a wonderfully spirited Japan side. Captain Michael Leitch guided his visitors around Twickenham with a mercurial excellence and they will take plenty even in defeat. In the end, however, Eddie Jones' side had too much in a breathless final quarter - and they head into next week's game against Australia with a spring in their step. Full-time in London, it finishes England 35-15 Japan.
  • A final advantage play is juggled out by the Japanese defence and that will be all as England run out 35-15 winners!
  • England force the knock-on however and Ford puts them within touching distance of the opposition line as they chase a last score.
  • Into overtime now and Japan pick up a penalty after Nowell makes a dangerous tackle.
  • Ford's conversion attempt is a shocker but the 20-point lead England hold still looks secure with seconds left on the clock. It does a disservice to how good Japan were in the first half here.
  • Try
    TRY: England 35-15 Japan. Hartley indeed adds another try as, from a line-out 15 yards away, England maul their way over in the right corner. It's his fourth try in international colours.
  • 19-year-old Ted Hill is on for his first cap as England look to put a little bit of finishing gloss on a far more successful second-half performance.
  • Slade collects from the restart and tries a chip-and-chase down the right that he can't take back in cleanly. Scrum to Japan.
  • CONVERSION: England 30-15 Japan. Ford slots over two more points, and that should see the hosts home. They've come alive in the last 15 minutes to turn this game on its head.
  • Try
    TRY: England 28-15 Japan. Could that be the game for England? Cokanasiga is over after Japan fail to catch a box kick just inside their own half and George puts Wigglesworth away down the left. The sheer pace outstrips all but the winger, who is there in support to take in the final pass and crash over.
  • Japan batter the England line for 15 phases but the hosts win the turnover just in front of their own sticks to dig themselves out of danger.
  • Fukuoka slips away down the left wing and it takes a super cover tackle from Nowell to cut him off. However, Japan get the scrum after England knock on trying to pick up the subsequent loose ball.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 23-15 Japan. Ford nudges the advantage to eight points, making it a two-score lead for the hosts.
  • Farrell, newly arrived, tries an inventive chip through following penalty advantage at the scrum for Slade to chase. Japan manage to get there first though, meaning England will go for goal on the right flank.
  • Wilson now pressures Nakamura into a knock-on following a box kick and England pack down for a scrum just shy of the 22 line in the Japanese line.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 20-15 Japan. Ford adds the extras and England have given their fans something to cheer about.
  • Try
    TRY: England 18-15 Japan. Wilson puts the hosts back in front! Another Japanese penalty following the restart gives England easy metres and Sinckler moves them out to the left flank where Ford's offload finds the back-rower, who crashes over after slipping through the gap.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 13-15 Japan. Ford whips over the three pointer from distance and England move to two points behind.
  • England have been forced to make twice as many tackles as Japan so far, but they now pick up a penalty on halfway and will look to cut the gap with a shot at goal.
  • Those new additions help power England to within touching distance of the Japan line - and then they concede the penalty after the visitors force a no-release at the breakdown.
  • A handful of new arrivals look to bring the firepower for England now though, with Underhill and Sinckler among them.
  • Oh, that's soft from England. The hosts concede a penalty after straying offside cheaply in attack and Japan, initially pinned back in their own half, have a chance to get back to halfway with ease.
  • A knock-on hands Daly the ball after a few phases however and the full-back finds open space with a kick downfield to dig his side out of danger.
  • Leitch does some great work once again now on the opposite wing for Japan, sidestepping around two tacklers and putting England onto the back foot.
  • Nowell shows off some fancy footwork heading down the right wing but can't keep the ball in his hands and England cough up possession.
  • The visitors concede a penalty after going up for a high ball and England are able to march themselves into the Japanese half.
  • Japan kick us back under way at Twickenham as England face a vital 40 minutes.
  • Danny Care's early try looked to have put England on the path to a strong first half - but instead, they have been outclassed by a fast, determined Japan side who rightfully lead at the break. Tries for Ryoto Nakamura and Michael Leitch have given the visitors a near-perfect opening 40 at Twickenham; can they hold onto their advantage across the second half though? At the break, it's England 10-15 Japan.
  • A pass goes to ground however and though England try to mount a counter, the referee blows for the interval.
  • Another penalty for Japan means that England will have their opponents camped on their line for the final minute of the first half.
  • Leitch nearly gets a second! Another break down the right wing catches England out but Slade manages to pick out the final offload from the Japan captain as he is being bundled into touch by Lozowski.
  • Another Japanese penalty however puts England back into their own half, forced to fend off another assault from the visitors.
  • A midfield scrum for Japan allows them to continue piling the pressure on, but a spilled ball gives Daly the chance to leather it downfield to ease off the pressure.
  • Tamura misses the conversion from out wide so the lead remains at five points.
  • Try
    TRY: England 10-15 Japan. What a five-pointer from Leitch! The captain picks up an offload inside the English 22 on the right wing, shrugs off Care and cuts a path to the line himself. It's lovely stuff from the Burwood-born back-rower.
  • Fukuoka nips through again in pursuit of a short grubber and Japan attack the English line with a fluidity that catches them off-guard.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 10-10 Japan. The hosts opt to go for the leveller from half a pitch away and distance kicker Daly does the job.
  • England do get a chance to find some good field possession now though as they force a Japanese scrum collapse on halfway and get the resulting penalty.
  • It's been a game filled with pace so far and England have had few chances to get on the front foot since their opening try. Japan have controlled the game well, with Leitch and Tanaka key to their attack.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 7-10 Japan. Tamura adds the two points from straight in front. This has been a gutsy showing from the visitors so far.
  • Try
    TRY: England 7-8 Japan. It's a first try for Japanese rugby at Twickenham! Nakamura ducks under the defence from the scrum and splashes down between the posts. It's a deserved try for the visitors, who edge in front.
  • Mercer has been replaced for an interim period by Hartley as England look to defend a scrum on their own line.
  • Yellow Card
    Interception by Yamada! It's a beauty as well; only seconds after Fukuoka breaks on the opposite wing, the Japan man picks out an England pass and, with the help of Nakamura and Leitch, the visitors work their way to just shy of the opposition line. George lays on in the tackle and the referee is having none of it; he sends him to the sin bin with a yellow card for 10 minutes.
  • England did well to eventually force Japan into taking the three points on offer, having conceded so many penalties on their line. Eddie Jones will be happy with the defence if not the discipline.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 7-3 Japan. Tamura puts his side onto the board with a lovely weighted kick that sails between the uprights.
  • Lozowski is penalised for a poor tackle now on the left flank just inside his own half and Japan will finally go for the sticks.
  • Japan opt for the scrum penalty rather than a line-out this time and take their time to get the ball out. England reclaim possession only two phases later but put a clearing kick up to address the immediate danger.
  • George makes a try-saving tackle to force Tamura into touch but another Japanese penalty means the hosts remain under the cosh.
  • Wilson is caught offside again and Japan have a second penalty. They turn down the chance to go for the sticks again and stick it into touch for a line-out 5m away from the England line.
  • A penalty for the visitors now after Japan force England into defence quickly and catch Wilson out. Though they have an advantage, the referee brings them back shortly after for a resulting line-out.
  • Japan earn a scrum after turning over the ball just shy of the England 22 line following the restart but an initial collapse requires a reset.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 7-0 Japan. Captain for the day Ford slots over the extras and opens up a converted-try lead.
  • Try
    TRY: England 5-0 Japan. It's a perfect start for the hosts! A Japanese box kick is scooped up by Daly, who puts Cokanasiga away on the outside before the winger offloads back in to Care, the pair combining for virtually the length of the field. England are out in front already.
  • The early pressure is all from the hosts but then, over a dozen of phases into their attack, England spill possession just shy of the opposition 22 line and cough up the ball.
  • England kick off and we are underway in this 2018 end-of-year international!
  • The teams are out at Twickenham for the national anthems.
  • England have never lost against a non-Tier 1 nation, winning all 39 previous such matches, excluding tests against composite sides.
  • Japan scored five tries in their defeat to New Zealand in their last fixture, the first ever non-Tier 1 side to score as many against the All Blacks and just the fourth occasion any side has managed that in the last 14 years.
  • Replacements: Yusuke Niwai, Koki Yamamoto, Asaeli Ai Valu, Samuela Anise, Hendrik Tui, Shunsuke Nunomaki, Yutaka Nagare, Rikiya Matsuda.
  • JAPAN XV: Will Tupou, Akihito Yamada, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Kenki Fukuoka, Yu Tamura, Fumiaki Tanaka; Keita Inaga, Atsushi, Sakate, Koo Ji-won, Wimpie van der Welt, Uwe Helu, Michael Leitch, Masakatsu Nishikawa, Kazuki Himeno.
  • Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Ben Moon, Kyle Sinckler, Ted Hill, Sam Underhill, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Henry Slade.
  • ENGLAND XV: Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga, Jack Nowell, Alex Lozowski, Chris Ashton, George Ford, Danny Care; Alec Hepburn, Jamie George, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Zach Mercer.
  • Japan make six alterations following their 100-point contest with the All Blacks at the start of the month. Sunwolves flanker Masakatsu Nishikawa gets his first international start at the age of 31 and Ryoto Nakamura and Uwe Helu are promoted from the replacements bench, so Will Tupou shifts to full-back.
  • Team news now and the hosts have made 11 changes to the side who narrowly went down to New Zealand. Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga gets a debut outside the new-look centre pairing of Jack Nowell and Alex Lozowski, while number eight Zach Mercer makes his first start for his country. George Ford is handed the captain’s armband on his 50th cap.
  • The pair meet for only the second time in history and the first time since 1987 – and with the sport’s showpiece tournament now less than a year away, England coach Eddie Jones has admitted that he is looking at a pool of “around 35 players” for his 31-man squad – meaning that chances are now coming at a premium for individuals to impress.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals as England look to bounce back from defeat against the All Blacks as they face next year’s World Cup hosts Japan at Twickenham.

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