Brave Blossoms thrash Kazakhstan


Takeshi Kizu scored four of Japan’s nine tries in a 61-0 demolition of Kazakhstan in the Asian 5 Nations in Bangkok on Saturday evening.

Japan overcame a poor first half and some shabby handling to make it 14 straight wins in the competition.

Atsushi Tanabe put Japan in the lead with just two minutes gone and never looked back against a Kazakh team that simply could not handle Japan’s pace and quick ball movement.

There were further five-pointers for Koji Taira, Alisi Tupuailai, Goshi Tachikawa and Justin Ives.

“That was much better than last week, though we still left quite a bit out on the field,” said Japan coach John Kirwan. “There were far too many errors for my liking but the structures were much better.”