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Japan beats Samoa 33-14 for 7th straight win

May 30, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshikazu Fujita scored two first-half tries as Japan erased a 7-0 deficit to beat Samoa 33-14 on Friday for a record seventh straight test-match win.

Fujita ran in to reduce Samoa’s lead to 7-5 in the 10th minute and widened the advantage to 15-7 midway through the first half. A conversion and a penalty by Ayumu Goromaru allowed Japan to take a 20-7 lead at the break.

Brando Vaaulu gave Samoa a glimmer of hope with a try in the second half that cut Japan’s lead to 23-12 but another penalty by Goromaru and a try by Kotaru Matsushima gave the hosts a comfortable 31-14 lead with three minutes remaining.

Both Japan and Samoa have already qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup where they will compete in Pool B against South Africa, Scotland and the United States.

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