International Rugby: 2018 Japan v New Zealand Test Match: 2nd Half Review

by Sports Benches

Richie Mo’unga ran a great line past halfway on the far left by pulling off against the Japanese defense.

Mo’unga first found one in Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi on the inside pass before he helped George Bridge execute his debut TRY.

Not only he helped became the playmaking machine at No.10 for the All Blacks with the assist.

But he helped execute the kick into the goal for two extra points.

Japan 19-45 New Zealand

Japan may have found themselves stuck on the far left as the All Blacks defense held them up.

But Yutaka Nagare helped spread towards the far right paid off Japan’s 4th TRY.

That’s where Yu Tamura kicked a quick inside ball before Jamie Henry touched down on the run home.

Japan 24-45 New Zealand

As New Zealand patiently builds their attacking line, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi first passed to Gareth Evans.

Evans made a cameo run before feeding the offload to help Waisuke Naholo on the far right execute the set-piece score.

Although, Richie Mo’unga failed to find the inside sticks this time around.

But New Zealand reached 50 points with 22 minutes to go.

Japan 24-50 New Zealand

New Zealand’s running around tactics continued to work with a tap and play.

George Bridge made a quick inside kick as he ran a great line nearly on the run home.

As two Japanese defenders about to hold Bridge up, he quickly passed to Matt Proctor who wrapped up the TRY.

Japan 24-57 New Zealand

Ngani Laumape followed Bridge’s lead with the small kick as he saw a little gap before he struck his 3rd TRY.

Jordie Barrett this time took over the kicking duties off Richie Mo’unga (7/8 attempts).

And the kick looks successful with the two extra points.

Japan 24-64 New Zealand

New Zealand took advantage of the turnover through the poor defense from Japan.

In return, George Bridge once again demonstrated his impressive skill set.

Ngani Laumape made an onside kick on the far left before Bridge’s rapid pace proved too easy with the TRY.

Japan 24-69 New Zealand

Japan quickly made another attacking play with the flow of passes.

Kenki Fukuoka first ran a line on the far left then Rikiya Matsuda second with the offload.

Matsuda didn’t waste any time with the inside ball as Timothy Lafaele scored his 2nd TRY for Japan.

This time Yu Tamura’s kick goes inside the posts for extra points.

Japan have scored five tries of the match with the never give up and entertainment approach.

It excites the crowd every time their home country gets to score valuable points.

But as always, it’s the No.1 Rugby Team in the World who still dominates the scoreboard.

Thanks to their running around and attacking play, the All Blacks get the job done with the win.

FULL-TIME: Japan 31-69 New Zealand



  • Samuela Anise, 3′
  • Hendrik Tui, 32′
  • Timothy Lafaele, 40′, 69′
  • Jamie Henry, 51′


  • Yu Tamura, 5′, 33′, 69′

New Zealand


  • Dane Coles, 14′
  • Richie Mo’unga, 18′
  • Ngani Laupame, 27′, 37′, 62′
  • Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 35′
  • George Bridge, 46′, 66′
  • Waisuke Naholo, 56′
  • Matt Proctor, 59′


  • Richie Mo’unga, 7/8. 15′, 20′, 28′, 35′, 38′, 47′, 60′
  • Jordie Barrett, 1/2, 63′


  • Richie Mo’unga, 2′


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