Japan have stunned international rugby fans after running in five tries in a scintillating performance against the world champion All Blacks.
The Kiwis rested a big chunk of their usual starting contingent of stars but were still able to put on a point-scoring masterclass against the Asian rugby minnows.
The 69-31 win for the Kiwis was an absolute spectacle of running rugby for fans, who were treated to no less than 15 tries.
However, it was the attacking flair of the Japanese that caught the attention of many supporters, who praised them for an incredible performance despite the final scoreboard.
— 🙎🏾♂️Sean Tafirenyika🤓 (@sean_zim) November 3, 2018
Surely the story here is that japan scored 5 tries against new zealand that is amazing
— Ron Payne (@ron_payne11) November 3, 2018
Regardless of the fact it was a “B” team, to put Japan’s performance into perspective, the @AllBlacks have only conceded more than 30 points on 3 occasions in the last 3 years. Two of those were losses to SA and Ireland and the other was beating Aus 54-34 #JAPvNZL
— Brendon Trass (@brendontrass) November 3, 2018
Got to respect japan for there efforts, what a passionate team they are. They have come a long way over the years. 🤜🤛 #Respect
— William LaFlare (@TSx308) November 3, 2018
The one-off Test at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium was a glowing endorsement for the sport in the region, which will see Japan host the World Cup in 2019.
All Blacks centre Ngani Laumape ran in a hat-trick for a second string side featuring eight debutants.
New Zealand scored 10 tries in all, with five-eighth Richie Mo’unga contributing 22 points.
The All Blacks taught next year’s World Cup hosts a tough lesson in front a record crowd for a rugby match in Japan of 43,751.
Hooker Dane Coles scored New Zealand’s first try on his return after almost a year out with injury, while debutant winger George Bridge scored a double, including one with his first touch as an All Black, after coming on at halftime.
Japan competed in attack by scoring five tries to contribute to the 100-point tally for the match but could not contain the All Blacks in defence, missing 25 tackles on the way to an overwhelming defeat.