• Kyodo


The Panasonic Wild Knights earned a shot at their fifth Japan Rugby Top League championship after dismantling Toyota Verblitz 48-21 in Saturday’s semifinal at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

Kenki Fukuoka scored a hat trick of tries, while fellow Japan international Rikiya Matsuda racked up 21 points, including three from a drop goal, in the semifinal played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka Prefecture.

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