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Australia ‘A’ will play the Junior All Blacks in the decisive match of the Pacific Nations Cup next week, after the Australians eased past a hopelessly outclassed Japan – winning 71-10 at the Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville on Saturday.

The Junior All Blacks had earlier kept their 100 percent record intact with a 39-13 win over Tonga.

The two results mean Australia remain in second place in the competition, one point behind the Junior All Blacks, who it plays in Dunedin next Saturday.

The unbeaten Australians trailed 10-7 early in their encounter with Japan, but scored 64 unanswered points in the 10-tries-to-one mauling.

Scrum-half Josh Holmes scored a hat-trick of tries, while centre Ryan Cross claimed a double.

Goal-kicking winger Clinton Schifcofske finished with a personal haul of 26 points from one try, nine conversions and one penalty goal.

The scorers:

For Australia A:
Tries: Holmes 3, Cross 2, Schifcofske, Sare, Hardy, Ma’afu, Beale
Cons: Schifcofske 9
Pen: Schifcofske

For Japan:
Try: Robins
Con: Ono
Pen: Ono

Red card: Salesi Ma’afu (Australia – second yellow card)

Teams:
Australia A: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Clinton Schifcofske, 13 Junior Pelesasa, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Haig Sare, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Josh Holmes, 8 Jone Tawake, 7 David Pocock, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Alister Campbell (captain), 3 Troy Takiari, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Julian Salvi, 20 Josh Valentine, 21 Gene Fairbanks, 22 Kurtley Beale.

Japan: 15 Bryce Robins, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Yuta Imamura, 12 Koji Taira, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Kousei Ono, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Hare Makiri, 7 Takamichi Sasaki (captain), 6 Hajime Kiso, 5 Tsuyoshi Sato, 4 Takanori Kumagae, 3 Ryo Yamamura, 2 Mitsugu Yamamoto, 1 Masahito Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Aoki, 17 Tomokazu Soma, 18 Hitoshi Ono, 19 Glen Marsh, 20 Koichi Ohigashi, 21 Shotaro Onishi, 22 Go Aruga.

Referee: James Bolabiu (Fiji)

 

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