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Last Updated: Monday, 27 October, 2003, 11:30 GMT
Japan v USA photos
The USA fans show their support in the packed Gosford Stadium
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The USA fans are out in force in Gosford to show their support as their side aim to register their first World Cup win in 15 years
Mike Hercus scores an early try for the USA
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The Traffic is all one way in the opening quarter as the USA side take an early lead, Mike Hercus touches down after only seven minutes
Phillip Eloff scores for the USA
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Phillip Eloff adds to the USA's advantage with another try only a minute later and his side take a 14-0 lead
Toru Kurihara scores Japan's opening try
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But Toru Kurihara puts Japan right back in the match with his 22-minute try and conversion, his penalty two minutes later reduces gap to 14-10
The USA's scrum-half Kevin Dalzell charges the Japan defence
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The USA maintain their pressure right up to the break and two penalty kicks puts the half-time scores at 20-10
Japan fly-half Andrew Miller runs forward
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After some confusion in the first half Japan emerge after the break with different shirts and immediately pile on the pressure
Daisuke Ohata moves forward for Japan
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The USA score through Mike Hurcus but Daisuke Ohata outruns the USA defence to claw one back for Japan and narrow the gap to only a point
The Japanese fans show their support for their team in the second half
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The travelling Japanese fans show their noisy support as their side desperately seek a break with 10 minutes left on the clock
Riaan van Zyl scores a late try for the USA
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But Riaan van Zyl all but seals the win for the USA by scoring with eight minutes remaining and Hercus adds the conversion
Kirk Khasigian charges forward for the USA
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Kirk Khasigian adds a late try right on the final whistle to make sure of the win and give the Americans a flattering 39-26 win
Japan's Takashi Tsuji is disappointed after his side's defeat
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The Japan players are heartbroken as their defeat means they are on their way home from this year's World Cup

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