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France vs Japan Watch Live

France
23
Japan
23
25 November 2017, 3:00pm
U Arena
Capacity: NA
Referee: Luke Pearce
France
23
Japan
23
Key Moments
  • FT
  • TRY!Shintaro Ishihara
    72'
  • Penalty GoalFrancois Trinh-Duc
    67'
  • Penalty GoalYu Tamura
    62'
  • Yellow CardGabriel Lacroix
    60'
  • ConversionFrancois Trinh-Duc
    50'
  • TRY!Gabriel Lacroix
    48'
  • ConversionYu Tamura
    43'
  • TRY!Timothy Lafaele
    41'
  • HT
  • ConversionFrancois Trinh-Duc
    40'
  • TRY!Rabah Slimani
    39'
  • Penalty GoalFrancois Trinh-Duc
    29'
  • TRY!Shota Horie
    22'
  • Penalty GoalFrancois Trinh-Duc
    13'
  • Penalty GoalYu Tamura
    4'
  • KO
MATCH STATS
PLAYER STATS
  • 42%
    POSSESSION
    58%
  • 2
    TRIES
    3
  • 330
    METRES
    496
  • 34
    CARRIES
    56
  • 15
    DEFENDERS BEATEN
    24
  • 5
    CLEAN BREAKS
    8
  • 83
    PASSES
    173
  • 9
    OFFLOADS
    5
  • 14
    TURNOVERS CONCEDED
    15
  • 7
    TURNOVERS WON
    8
  • 104
    TACKLES
    90
  • 24
    MISSED TACKLES
    15
Full Match Stats
France T C P
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Rabah Slimani 1 0 0
4 Romain Taofifenua 0 0 0
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
6 Judicael Cancoriet 0 0 0
7 Sekou Macalou 0 0 0
8 Louis Picamoles 0 0 0
9 Baptiste Serin 0 0 0
10 Francois Trinh-Duc 0 2 3
11 Gabriel Lacroix 1 0 0
12 Henry Chavancy 0 0 0
13 Damian Penaud 0 0 0
14 Teddy Thomas 0 0 0
15 Scott Spedding 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Camille Chat 0 0 0
17 Sebastien Taofifenua 0 0 0
18 Daniel Kotze 0 0 0
19 Paul Jedrasiak 0 0 0
20 Fabien Sanconnie 0 0 0
21 Antoine Dupont 0 0 0
22 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
23 Hugo Bonneval 0 0 0
Japan T C P
1 Keita Inagaki 0 0 0
2 Shota Horie 1 0 0
3 Jiwon Koo 0 0 0
4 Wimpie van der Walt 0 0 0
5 Shinya Makabe 0 0 0
6 Kazuki Himeno 0 0 0
7 Michael Leitch 0 0 0
8 Amanaki Mafi 0 0 0
9 Yutaka Nagare 0 0 0
10 Yu Tamura 0 1 2
11 Kenki Fukuoka 0 0 0
12 Harumichi Tatekawa 0 0 0
13 Timothy Lafaele 1 0 0
14 Lomano Lemeki 0 0 0
15 Kotaro Matsushima 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Atsushi Sakate 0 0 0
17 Asaeli Ai Valu 0 0 0
18 Shintaro Ishihara 1 0 0
19 Yoshitaka Tokunaga 0 0 0
20 Fetuani Lautami 0 0 0
21 Fumiaki Tanaka 0 0 0
22 Sione Teaupa 0 0 0
23 Yoshikazu Fujita 0 0 0
Full Player Stats
  • COMMENTARY
  • SOCIAL
  • Japan lose their own lineout, but then Bastereuad fumbles the ball. However, Thomas is on hand to cover the mistake and boot downfield.
    80'''
  • France clear their lines as far as the half-way line. There's time for one more surge from the visitors. Can they achieve a famous victory?
    80''
  • The visitors was another opening as France lose possession deep in their own territory.  Japan have lost their clinical edge at the worst moment.
    79''
  • No. There's a knock-on from Himeno and the visitors waste an opening to close out the game and perhaps kick a game-winning drop goal.
    78''
  • It's not clean and France lose possession. Can the visitors make them pay inside their 22?
    77''
  • Tanaka sends a good kick in behind the France line and the ball rolls out on the left flank inside the 22. A lot of pressure on the France lineout here.
    76''
  • MISS! Tamura pulls his kick wide of the posts, spurning a chance to put the visitors ahead.
    75''
  • Japan level the scores with a fine break from the scrum. They use the power of their forwards to drive towards the line, with the home side creeking under the pressure. Ishihara catches the France defence asleep at the breakdown as he snatches the ball and dives through the ruck for the score. A crucial kick coming for Japan.
    74''
  • TRY! FRANCE 23-23 JAPAN (Ishihara)
    74''
  • The referee is not happy with the scrum from both teams. It takes valuable time off the clock for the visitors in their bid to get back into the game.
    72''
  • Japan have a scrum on the edge of the France 22 and have an excellent attacking platform to put the home side under pressure.
    70''
  • Trinh-Duc sends his effort through the posts and France restore their five-point lead.
    68''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 23-18 JAPAN (Trinh-Duc)
    68''
  • France wheel the scrum and put the visitors under pressure as Picamoles collects and feeds Dupont. He breaks down the right flank before the visitors shut down the opening. However, the referee goes back for a penalty to Les Bleus and Trinh-Duc will go for the posts.
    66''
  • Dupont replaces Serin at scrum-half for France.
    66''
  • France take valuable time off the clock to frustrate the visitors by killing the ball at the breakdown. Les Bleus have the put-in at the scrum inside Japan's half.
    65''
  • Tamura sends his kick through the posts and Japan close within two points.
    64''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 20-18 JAPAN (Tamura)
    64''
  • France lose their discipline once again it allows Tamura to go for the posts from 35 metres.
    63''
  • Teaupa replaces Tatekawa, while Tanaka comes on for Nagare at scrum-half for the visitors.
    62''
  • Yellow Card
    Lacroix goes into the sin bin for a tackling Tamura in the air. The fly-hand sends the resulting penalty into touch just outside the France 22.
    61''
  • The Cherry Blossoms' spell of pressure comes to an end as France get the turnover at the breakdown and clear their lines with a boot downfield.
    60''
  • Japan lose the lineout on the five-metre line as they try the same move again. France clear, but only as far as the edge of their 22.
    58''
  • Japan move the ball with speed from the lineout and Mafi charges for the line, but he just gets held short by a couple of blue shirts. France were under extreme pressure there and an offside penalty against Les Bleus keeps them under the cosh.
    57''
  • France lose their discipline again and the visitors will kick for touch five metres from the tryline.
    56''
  • Vahaamahina flies into a tackle against Van der Walt and gives away a penalty to the visitors. Tamura will choose to send the ball deep into the France 22.
    54''
  • Lemeki makes a break down the right, but Chavancy gets back to track his run and stops the offload to Mafi and Tatekawa in support.
    52''
  • Trinh-Duc sends the simple kick through the posts and France hold a five-point lead.
    50''
  • CONVERSION! FRANCE 20-15 JAPAN (Trinh-Duc)
    50''
  • Out of nothing France are ahead again as Trinh-Duc spots Lacroix free on the right. He sends a perfect kick out to the flank for the winger to catch and take in stride for his first international try.
    49''
  • Try
    TRY! FRANCE 18-15 JAPAN (Lacroix)
    49''
  • Guirado takes a huge hit as he crashes into the line and the referee adjudges it to be a high tackle, awarding a penalty to the home side.
    49''
  • Japan turn the tables on France by winning a scrum, but Tamura's high kick into the 22 is gathered by Thomas, who calls for the mark.
    48''
  • Bastereaud arrives for the home side to replace Penaud.
    47''
  • From the resulting scrum, Inagaki brings down the set-piece, resulting in a penalty for the home side.
    47''
  • France are exposed again by the pace of Japan down the right flank as Lemeki turns on the jets. Mafi takes over and offloads for Tatekawa, but he cannot make the grab and knocks on into the hands of Himeno. The flanker goes the line, but gets held up. However, the referee spots the forward pas on the replay and awards a scrum to the home side.
    45''
  • Japan regain the lead as Tamura sends his effort through the posts.
    43''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! FRANCE 13-15 JAPAN (Tamura)
    43''
  • Just like that Japan are level as Laefele crashes over the line, finding a crease in the France defence and surging for the score. Inagaki found space for a run to draw France defenders away from the flank and the centre capitalised by faking an offload to run in for the try.
    42''
  • Try
    TRY!  FRANCE 13-13 JAPAN (Laefele)
    42''
  • Lemeki bursts through the gainline, but he gets brought down before he can enter the France 22. The visitors are on the attack.
    42''
  • We're back underway in Paris.
    41''
  • France were far from their best in the first half, but were clinical when it mattered the most as Rabah Slimani notched a try just before the break. Shota Horie's score for Japan had left the home side trailing fo the majority of the half and the visitors were playing solid rugby, only to be undone right on the whistle. However, this match is far from over.
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  • HALF-TIME: FRANCE 13-8 JAPAN
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  • Trinh-Duc knocks the extras through the posts and after trailing for the majority of the match, Les Bleus take a five-point lead into the break.
    40'''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! FRANE 13-8 JAPAN (Trinh-Duc)
    40'''
  • France take the lead for the first time in the match. They collect from their lineout and drive at the Japan backline with speed out of the backfield. Cancoriet goes close with a powerful surge. His effort draws in defenders allowing Slimani to gather and pick the gap to touch down with a dive.
    40''
  • Try
    TRY! FRANCE 11-8 JAPAN (Slimani)
    40''
  • Mafi tackles Thomas high and it gives France a penalty in a promising position. A score before the half would be welcome for Noves' men.
    39''
  • Japan put together four phases of pressure before losing the ball at the breakdown. France get the penalty as the visitors are guilty of not rolling away, with Van der Walt refusing to budge in the pile.
    38''
  • Matsushima continues to ask questions of the France defence. This time collects and bends his run, but Les Bleus manage to hold him at the edge of the 22.
    37''
  • Japan win the ball from their lineout before Tamura sends an up and under towards the edge of the France 22. Lacroix tries to gather, but he knocks the ball on in the process. The visitors will have a put-in to the scrum.
    35''
  • Japan do well at the break down to force the penalty as Thomas gets isolated. Tamura will kick for touch.
    33''
  • A loose offload from Nagare at the breakdown puts Japan in trouble at the back. Chavancy and Lacroix almost punish the scrum-half, but Lacroix is bundled into touch by Tatekawa.
    32''
  • Trinh-Duc sends his effort through the posts and the home side close within two points.
    30''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 6-8 JAPAN (Trinh-Duc)
    30''
  • Chavancy drives at the line and he draws a penalty as two Japan defenders do not roll away from the challenge. Les Bleus opt to go for the posts, much to the dismay of the home fans.
    29''
  • France are probing at the Japan defensive line, but the Cherry Blossoms are holding firm at the moment.
    29''
  • NO TRY! Lacroix's knee was down on the line due to Lemeki's last-ditch challenge. Japan will have the chance to clear their lines.
    28''
  • TMO! Lacroix has acres of space to attack down the right and Serin finds before the winger speeds for the line. He touches the ball down, but his knee could be out of bounds.
    28''
  • The visitors make another break through the middle, but Himeno is penalised for holding on to the ball. Trinh-Duc sends the ball into touch at the Japan 22.
    26''
  • Les Bleus try to muster a response to the Japan try, but Spedding's burst through the line leaves him isolated and Japan get the turnover.
    25''
  • MISS! Tamura misses the resulting kick as he fires his effort wide of the posts.
    24''
  • Japan are in for their first try of the game. It had been coming and this time they are able to finish off the move as Tamura feeds Horie on the left flank and he beats Slimani to dive for the line.
    23''
  • Try
    TRY! FRANCE 3-8 JAPAN (Horie)
    23''
  • Matsushima stretches the France defence and Japan have plenty of men over on the left flank to get over the line.
    23''
  • France are able to clear their lines from the edge of their tryline, but the threat from the visitors remains due to their speed on the break.
    22''
  • Matsushima breaks out from the back and he surges through the France line. He offloads to Fukuoka, but he gets caught but the full-back and he cannot make a clean pass backwards. The visitors keep the attack alive down the left and drive into the 22, but Les Bleus get men back to hold them off and win the turnover.
    21''
  • The visitors hold Les Bleus at the maul and win the free-kick. Excellent defensive work from the Cherry Blossoms.
    20''
  • Japan win the scrum at their five-metre line, but Tamura fails to get distance on his clearance. France will attack from the 22 at the lineout.
    19''
  • Serin leads the break from the back and he offloads to Chavancy. He drives for the line, but is pulled down just short by desperate defending by the Japanese. France spread the ball wide for Macalou to go for the score, but he loses possession before he place it down beyond the line.
    17''
  • Japan win a penalty for a high tackle, but the visitors lose possession inside the France 22 and it allows the home side to break forward.
    16''
  • Japan are having success carrying the ball, but their impact in the final third has been diminished by the French fowards in the last couple of drives.
    15''
  • France level the scores as the fly-half sends his effort through the posts.
    13''
  • PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 3-3 JAPAN (Trinh-Duc)
    13''
  • Leitch fails to release Chavancy at the breakdown and the referee awards a penalty to the home side. Trinh-Duc will go for the posts from distance.
    12''
  • France enter desperation mode in their defence, but they manage to force the penalty. That was close for the visitors, they were knocking on the door, only to lose their discipline at the breakdown.
    11''
  • Japan to continue to attack with pace and Laefele almost breaks through a tackle in the right corner before he gets pulled down.
    10''
  • Tatekawa attacks with pace down the left and the home side are put on the back foot.
    10''
  • Picamoles commits a poor handling error as he knocks the ball on, handing the visitors a scrum on the edge of their 22.
    9''
  • A loose pass out wide from Lafeale puts the visitors under pressure as he fails to connect with Lemeki, sending the ball out for a lineout. France have  a decent platform to attack here.
    8''
  • Thomas breaks through the visitors' defensive line and raids forward. He only has one man to beat, but his offload to Penaud in support goes forward, quelling the opening. Japan will have a scrum at the 40-metre line.
    7''
  • Japan score the first points of the game as Tamura fires his effort through the posts.
    5''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 0-3 JAPAN (Tamura)
    5''
  • Japan keep the pressure on and they win a penalty within striking distance of the line. However, they opt to put points on the board through a kick at the posts.
    4''
  • France put themselves under pressure at the back as Thomas takes the ball behind his own tryline. Spedding tries to atone for his team-mates' error, but he gets brought down. It will be a five-metre scrum to Japan.
    2''
  • We're underway in Paris.
    1''
  • Japan have made one change to their side that beat Tonga last time out.Yutaka Nagare replaces veteran scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka, who drops to the bench.
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  • Noves has made changes to his side that were beaten by South Africa last time out. Baptiste Serin and Francois Trinh-Duc come into the fold, while Gabriel Lacroix is given his debut on the wing following an impressive performance for the second team against New Zealand two weeks ago. Henry Chavancy, Scott Spedding and Damian Penuad also get the nod in the backfield, while Serge Macalou makes his debut at flanker.
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  • Japan replacements: Sakate, Ai Valu, Ishihara, Tokunaga, Lautami, Tanaka, Teaupa, Fujita.
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  • JAPAN: Matsushima, Lemeki, Lafaele, Tatekawa, Fukuoka, Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Van der Walt, Makabe, Himeno, Leitch, Mafi.
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  • France replacements: Chat, Kotze, Taofifenua, Jedrasiak, Sanconnie, Dupont, Bastareaud, Bonneval.
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  • FRANCE: Spedding, Lacroix, Penaud, Chavancy, Thomas, Trinh-Duc, Serin; Poirot, Guirado, Slimani, Taofifenua, Vahaamahina, Cancoriet, Macalou, Picamoles.
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  • We'll now take a look at the two sides this evening.
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  • Japan put in an assured performance last time out to defeat Tonga 39-6, bouncing back from their own thrashing at the hands of Australia. They play a France side short on confidence this evening and will have scoring opportunities that could lead to an upset.
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  • France are winless in their three matches thus far this season and stretching back to the summer, Les Bleus have lost their last six matches. They haven't played badly in their defeats to New Zealand and South Africa, but have not been clinical enough in the final third. Guy Noves' men will have an opportunity to end their poor run this evening.
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  • Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Autumn International clash between France and Japan at the U Arena.
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