• Kyodo


Second-half indiscipline ruined an often sparkling effort from Japan’s Brave Blossoms in a 39-31 loss to Ireland on Saturday in Dublin.

After an evenly matched and entertaining first half at Aviva Stadium, Japan were completely undone by repeated penalties that negated the visitors’ ability to score electric tries and allowed Ireland to avenge their 19-12 2019 World Cup loss to Japan.

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