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Last Updated: Monday, 27 October, 2003, 08:17 GMT
Clockwatch: Japan 26-39 USA

All the action from the Pool B match in Gosford.

79mins: Toru Kurihara is dumped in the tackle by Phillip Eloff, before the impressive centre frees hooker Kirk Khasigian to dive over wide on the right as the whistle is blown.
Japan 26-39 USA

72mins: Riaan van Zyl seals a likely USA victory after a powerful drive forward from lock Gerhard Klerck. Hercus adds the conversion to push his side further ahead.
Japan 26-34 USA

70mins: Japan break out from their 22 but the pass to Kurihara is poor as the USA turn over the ball.

67mins: Kurihara fails with a long-range penalty attempt as Phillip Eloff begins a superb 50 metre charge to run the ball back into Japanese territory.

61mins: Ohata bundles Riaan van Zyl into touch yards from the line.

57mins: David Fee dives on the ball to save a certain try, but seconds later Daisuke Ohata's electric pace allows Japan to cross for another tit-for-tat but brilliantly worked try.
Japan 26-27 USA

55mins: Hercus leads by example yet again, slipping the ball to flanker Kort Schubert after a wonderful dummy. The Belmont fly-half adds the extras.
Japan 19-27 USA

51mins: Kurihara extends his points tally to reduce the deficit to just one point.
Japan 19-20 USA

48 mins: Japan continue to eat into the USA lead and Kurihara's on the board again with a long-range penalty.
Japan 16-20 USA

43mins: Kurihara gives his side the perfect start with a straight-forward penalty.
Japan 13-20 USA

42mins: Common sense wins the day as Japan return from the break with different coloured shirts from their opponents.


37mins: As half-time approaches, Emerick's kick goes out on the full to give Japan a last chance to reduce the USA's lead. But the line-out is lost as the whistle is blown.

32mins: Hercus adds his second penalty in a row as referee Steve Walsh warns Japan captain Andrew Millar about his side's constant infringments.
Japan 10-20 USA

26mins: The USA reply immediately with Hercus slotting his first penalty to extend the lead.
Japan 10-17 USA

25mins: Kurihara cuts the deficit to just four with his second kick of the evening.
Japan 10-14 USA

22mins: Toru Kurihara takes full advantage of a fine angled run from George Konia to touch over for Japan's opening try. The Japanese winger converts his own try.
Japan 7-14 USA

14mins: Hercus 's attempt to add another three points with the boot goes wide - to the delight of the huge number of Japanese supporters.

8mins: Japan start the game slowly and the USA again cut through with Sevens star Phillip Eloff going over.
Japan 0-14 USA

7mins: Mike Hercus cuts through some careless Japanese defending to touch down underneath the posts.
Japan 0-7 USA

4mins: Tsutomu Matsuda makes a long clearance for Japan after full-back Paul Emerick bursts deep into the USA's half.

2mins: With both sides bizarrely playing in their red 'home' kits - it is difficut to differentiate between them.

0835: The game kicks-off in front of a packed house for what is the final World Cup match at Gosford Stadium.


Japan team: T Kurihara; D Ohata, G Konia, H Namba, H Onozawa; A Miller, Y Sonoda; S Hasegawa, M Sakata, R Yamamura, H Tanuma, A Parker, N Okubo, T Miuchi (capt), T Ito
Replacements: M Yamamoto, M Amino, K Kubo, R Asano, T Tsuji, Y Motoki, T Yoshida

USA: P Emerick; D Fee, P Eloff, S Sika, R van Zyl; M Hercus , K Dalzell; D Lyle, D Hodges, K Schubert, L Gross, G Klerck, D Dorsey, K Khasigian, M MacDonald.
Replacements: M Wyatt, J Waasdorp, J Gouws, O Fifita, K Kjar, J Keyter, J Buchholz.




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