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Japan responded in the best possible way to stinging criticism from head coach Jamie Joseph by beating South Korea 80-10 Saturday in the Asia Rugby Championship.

The Brave Blossoms had been accused of lacking hunger and passion in the opening round’s 47-29 win in Incheon. But at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, they hit back, running in 12 tries and producing a far better defensive effort.

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