Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | International Rugby

Eddie Jones © Gallo Images

Japan's win delights Jones



Japan's 25-22 test win over Georgia with a 25-metre last-gasp drop goal from Kosei Ono gave their Australian coach Eddie Jones some atonement for the Wallabies' nightmare loss to England in 2003.

Flyhalf Ono's goal three minutes into time added on in Tbilisi on Saturday gave Japan their second win during their tour of Europe. They beat Romania 34-23 a week ago for their first-ever test victory on the continent.

"I've lost one big game through a drop goal but never won one till now," the 52-year-old Australian quipped to Kyodo News in the Georgian capital.

Before a home crowd at the 2003 rugby World Cup final in Sydney, Jones's Wallabies bowed to England 20-17 as Jonny Wilkinson kicked a drop goal in extra-time.

"We showed plenty of courage with the ball in hand and then when we defended without the ball," Jones said, according to the Japan Rugby Football Union website.

"The mental courage was shown by our desire to attack from our own goal line."

Ono's decisive drop goal and Hirotoki Onozawa's try in time added on in the first half both came from quick tap penalties close to the Japan line.

"We were physically out-manned. They were better in the scrums and the line-outs but we still won so it is not a bad achievement," Jones said. "You have got to admire the players."

After the two wins, the Brave Blossoms will take on a Basque select team next Wednesday and the French Barbarians four days later.

Jones took over Japan's national team in April after leading Suntory Sungoliath to the country's Top League and national championship double.

He is aiming to make the perennial Asian champions a global top-10 force by the 2015 World Cup in England before Japan host it four years later.

"We are not physically inferior in terms of size but we are in terms of strength," he told the union's website.

"But it is achievable within three years and will give us a platform to become one of the top 10 teams in the world. We know we can play rugby with ball in hand."

Shop

SA Rugby Annual 2013
SA Rugby Annual 2013: The Official Year Book of the South African Rugby Union
R175.89
SA rugby annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.89


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Fri, 18 Apr @ 05:00
Sat, 19 Apr @ 05:00
Sat, 19 Apr @ 07:50
Sat, 19 Apr @ 09:00

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
The value of versatility
With injuries a constant diet in a competition as gruelling as Super Rugby, I believe the currency...

Tony Johnson
Super Rugby mid-term report
We’re about halfway through the round robin, so a mid-term report might be in order.

Gavin Rich
It ain’t won in April...or May
One of Naas Botha’s famous comments from back when he was a player was that the Currie Cup wasn’t...

Brenden Nel
The importance of Matfield
Much has been debated about Victor Matfield’s comeback over the past few months, with opinions...

Super Wrap
Season's bleatings
Christmas can come early and this year the Bulls decided to bring it to us not even halfway into a...

Duane Heath
Alvizo's reprieve
Alvizo Erasmus has never met Jannie du Plessis and probably never will, but these two men, who ply...