Round 10 Report
After the league series was interrupted for about one month, Jubilo Yamaha met Toshiba Brave Lupus in Osaka for their Round 10.
It was Yamaha that took its chance at first. Yamaha pushed forward, forming a maul after a line-out, and Yuki Yatomi made a try at 5 minutes after the kick-off. Ayumu Goromaru made a successful conversion, scoring first to make the score 7-0. Having momentum with the opening goal, Yamaha continued the game in Toshiba's territory. However, Yamaha was suppressed in a scrum, one of its strengths, and was left behind by Toshiba BK's attack, allowing a try at 27 minutes. Yamaha allowed another try at 33 minutes, turning the game around at 7-14, and the first half was over.
The second half of the game resumed with a kick-off by Yamaha. Toshiba pushed into the space on the left after a scrum, and made a try at 3 minutes. With a successful conversion, Toshiba went ahead 7-21.
To strengthen its offense, Yamaha let Takeshi Hino, Yuji Ueki, and Johan Bardoul, with this being his top league debut, come into the game. Yamaha pushed forward after a line-out at 10 minutes, and finally, Hino made a try to right-center in-goal, fighting back to 12-21.
Flanker Yuhimaru Mimura, who recovered from serious injury and debuted into the top league this season, made a try at 25 minutes, closing to within 5 points at 19-24.
Adversely, Toshiba made a successful PG due to a foul by Yamaha, increasing the lead to 8 points at 19-27. With another 10 minutes remaining, Goromaru made a successful PG at 37 minutes due to a foul by Toshiba, narrowing the gap to 5 points at 22-27.
With another 3 minutes remaining, Yamaha made a fierce attack from its own territory, but it was blocked by Toshiba's powerful defense, suffering its 3rd loss of the season.