27 Sep 2011

Late Canada penalty secures draw with Japan

7:43 pm on 27 September 2011

First five-eighth Ander Monro slotted a 79th-minute penalty as Canada overcame an eight-point deficit to snatch a 23-23 draw with Japan in their Rugby World Cup match on Tuesday.

Monro, who scored try in the 75th minute, had had a dreadful kicking game at Napier's McLean Park, missing three of his previous four attempts before he slotted the late penalty in the Pool A match.

Canada centre DTH van der Merwe and winger Phil McKenzie crossed for tries, Reuters reports.

First five-eighth James Arlidge slotted 13 points with his boot for Japan, who scored tries through hooker Shota Horie and winger Kosuke Endo.

The Brave Blossoms were up 17-7 at half time.

Japan had not won a game at the Rugby World Cup since beating Zimbabwe 52-8 in 1991, though they also drew with the Canadians 12-12 in France in 2007.


Japan: Tries: Shota Horie, Kosuke Endo. Conversions: James Alridge (2). Penalties: Arlidge (3).

Canada: Tries: DTH van der Merwe, Phil McKenzie, Ander Monro. Conversions: James Pritchard. Penalties: Monro (2).

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).