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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Clockwatch: Fiji 41-13 Japan

All the action from the Pool B match in Townsville. 80 mins: Japan remain pointless in the second half as Fiji score 25 unanswered points to keep their quarter-final aspirations on track.

78 mins: Japan get a last chance for glory and receive a penalty metres out from Fiji's line and decide to run it. But they infringe and Fiji clear their lines from the penalty.

76 mins: Nicky Little notches another penalty as Fiji edge away. Fiji 41-13 Japan

72 mins: Fiji's forwards rumble upfield to set up a try in the left corner for replacement Marika Vunibaka. Nicky Little is spot on with the conversion. Fiji 38-13 Japan

69 mins: A succession of drops from both sides suggests a slippery ball before Fiji's Seru Rabeni decides enough is enough and tries a drop-goal.

66 mins: Fiji full-back Norman Ligairi scores a sensational solo try, scooping up his own fly hack off his chip ahead with one hand to touch down in the right corner. Nicky Little hits the post on the conversion. Fiji 31-13 Japan

64 mins: Fiji winger Aisea Tuileviu makes two tackles back-to-back to deny Japan after an impressive break-out from number eight Takeomi Ito.

59 mins: Japan benefit from a marginal line call as Fiji full-back Norman Ligairi narrowly fails to find touch with a down-field bomb. But Fiji steal the ball from the scrum and clear their lines.

52 mins: Nicky Little is gifted another chance for points as Japan's Andrew Miller is controversially deemed not to have applied downward pressure in touch in-goal. Fiji 26-13 Japan

48 mins: Fiji centre Epeli Ruivadra rides a tackle on the right and feeds winger Aisea Tuilevu who romps in for his second try. Nicky Little nails the conversion. Fiji 23-13 Japan

45 mins: Fiji find themselves under pressure as first Andrew Miller scythes through the middle before Hirotoki Onozawa is dragged down heading for the line.

42 mins: Fiji's Nicky Little hoists a high one into Japan's 22 and Alivereti Doviverata gathers and sprints over the line but agonisingly spills the ball.

41 mins: Japan kick off the second half as Fiji bring on the heaviest man at the World Cup - Joeli Veitayaki, who weighs 125kgs.

40 mins: The half ends in a small fracas and the referee decides blowing the whistle for half time is the best way to diffuse it.

33 mins: Japanese pressure yields a penalty on the left after Fiji forwards stick their hands in the ruck. But Andrew Miller hits the left post.

30 mins: Japan fly-half Andrew Miller finds himself in space on the right and profits after a quick break off a scrum in midfield to score Japan's first try. Miller kicks his own conversion.
Fiji 16-13 Japan

24 mins: Fiji's Filimoni Delasau storms off down the right wing and feeds winger Aisea Tuilevu for a stunning score in the right corner. Nicky Little's conversion hits the post and stays out. Fiji 16-6 Japan

20 mins: Fiji full-back Norman Ligairi rounds off a flowing move from the backs to score the first try of the match. Nicky Little misses the conversion. Fiji 11-6 Japan

16 mins: Japan's New Zealand-born fly-half Andrew Miller blasts an enormous drop-goal from just inside his own half. Fiji 6-6 Japan

14 mins: Indiscipline from Japanese forwards - not rolling away from the ball - hands Fiji another penalty chance to Saracens' Nicky Little. Fiji 6-3 Japan

12 mins: Andrew Miller strokes a penalty for Japan. Fiji 3-3 Japan

10 mins: Fiji veteran Waisale Servei is forced off with a shoulder injury. In his place comes Nicky Little, the most-capped Fijian international.

9 mins: Japan's pack set up a useful platform for the backs and a chip-through sets up a line-out close to FIji's line. But another quick throw gives Fiji the chance to break out with Filimoni Delasau.

6 mins: Fiji surge forward but fail to release the ball at the breakdown and Japan are let off the hook.

3 mins: Japan pressurise and put a grubber into touch near Fiji's line but a quick throw-in and clearance relives the danger.

2 mins: Japan are offside from a high Fiji Garryowen and the South Sea islanders get a penalty. Waisale Serevi slots the three points. Fiji 3-0 Japan

1106 BST: Fiji's Waisale Serevi kicks-off.

1105 BST: Fiji perform their pre-match war dance led by captain Alivereti Doviverata.

1100 BST: The players line up for the anthems with Fiji in their traditional white and Japan in red and white hoops.

Fiji: N Ligairi; A Tuilevu, E Ruivadra, S Rabeni, F Delasau; W Serevi, S Rabaka; A Doviverata, K Sewabu, A Mocelutu; K Leawere, E Katalau; N Seru, G Smith, I Rasila
Replacements: B Gadolo, J Veitayaki, S Koyamaibole, V Maimuri, M Rauluni, N Little, M Vunibaka

Japan: T Matsuda; D Ohata, R Parkinson, Y Motoki, H Onozawa; A Miller, T Tsuji; M Yamamoto, M Sakata, C Nam Oh; A Parker, H Kiso; N Okubo, T Miuchi (capt), T Ito
Replacements: S Hasegawa, M Amino, K Kubo, R Asano, Y Sonoda, G Konia, T Kuihara

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