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Goromaru key as Japan beats Canada in Pacific Nations Cup

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The Canadian Press
6/19/2013 10:04:02 AM
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NAGOYA, Japan -- Ayumu Goromaru scored all his team's points on Wednesday as Japan rallied to beat Canada 16-13 in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament.

Canada, which could have won the tournament with a win, took a 3-0 lead after the first half on a penalty by James Pritchard.

Japan went ahead 6-3 early in the second half on two penalties by Goromaru. A try by Ciaran Hearn, converted by Pritchard, gave the visitors a 10-6 lead but Goromaru ran in a try and added the extras to give the hosts a 13-10 lead midway through the second half.

Canada then levelled on Pritchard's second penalty but Goromaru sealed the win with his third penalty in the 32nd minute.

Canada dropped to 3-1 while Japan improved to 1-2 in the five-nation tournament.

With 292 total career points, Goromaru became Japan's fifth highest point scorer, overtaking Hirotoki Onozawa. Keiji Hirose holds the Japanese record for the most points with 413.

Japan has now won 12 of 22 matches against Canada.

Fiji beat the United States 35-10 in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. Fiji improved to 2-1 while the United States remains winless. The tournament concludes on Sunday in Tokyo with Fiji playing Tonga and Japan facing the United States.

Ayumu Goromaru (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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