Tries: Peter Sullivan 3, James Hume 2, Aaron Hall, Mark Keane, Corey Reid; Cons: Hugh O’Sullivan 4, Angus Curtis
Tries: Kyohei Yamasawa, Gaku Shimizu, Tomoya Kimura, Yoshiyuki Koga; Cons: Kyohei Yamasawa 4; Pen: Kyohei Yamasawa
Conor Wharton (Leeds Beckett University); Mark Keane (Instonians), James Hume (RBAI), David McCarthy (Garryowen), Peter Sullivan (St. Andrew’s College); Michael Lowry (RBAI), Hugh O’Sullivan (Belvedere College); James French (Bandon Grammar School), Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen), Tom O’Toole (Campbell College), Matt Dalton (Belfast Royal Academy), Jack Dunne (St. Michael’s College), Jack Cooke (London Irish), Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch), Sean Masterson (Corinthians).
Replacements used: John McCusker (Rainey Old Boys) for Dunne, Max Kearney (Belvedere College) for Hall (both 41 mins), Alexander Clarke (Ballymena Academy) for Barron (49), Jordan Duggan (Naas) for French, Bryan O’Connor (Presentation Brothers Cork) for O’Toole, Angus Curtis (Queen’s University) for Lowry (all 51), James Kenny (Gonzaga College) for O’Sullivan, Corey Reid (Marist College) for Hume (both 60).
Kyohei Yamasawa (Fukaya HS); Yu Saruta (Akita Tecnnical HS), Fifita Siosaia (Nohon Kouku HS Ishikawa), Yuto Mori (Higashi Fukuoka HS), Yoshiyuki Koga (Higashi Fukuoka HS); Hiroto Mamada (Tokyo Noudai Second Senior HS), Azuma Doei (Kosen HS); Gaku Shimizu (Osaka Toin HS), Yuichiro Takiguchi (Tokaidai Gyosei HS), Suguru Kubo (Chikushi HS), Katsuto Kubo (Kokugakuin Tochigi HS), Ryuga Hashimoto (Higashi Fukuoka HS), Kodai Takahashi (Toin Gakuen HS), Junya Yoshinaga (Higashi Fukuoka HS), Syota Fukui (Higashi Fukuoka HS).
Replacements used: Ikuma Yamada (Tokaidai Gyosei HS) for Yoshinaga (44 mins), Tomoya Kimura (Fushimi Tech HS) for Saruta (49), Ibuki Kondo (Niigata Tech HS) for Taniguchi, Yuto Yabuki (Fukaya HS) for Shimizu, Kochi Endo (Kokugakuin Tochigi HS) for S Kubo (all 51), Kento Matsumoto (Osaka Toin HS) for Mori (64), Syun Arai (Fukaya HS) for Doei (68).
A fast-paced move by Ireland forced the Japanese on the back foot, and quick offloads by James Hume and Conor Wharton put St. Andrew’s winger Peter Sullivan over for a try on the left. Fresh from his Leinster Schools Senior Cup success with Belvedere College, Hugh O’Sullivan was wide of the mark with the conversion.
He converted his own five-pointer before Ireland responded with another superb team try from the restart. Flanker Aaron Hall was on hand to apply the finishing touches to an enterprising attack, and a confident O’Sullivan once again converted.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, the Ireland U-19s were playing an expansive style that perfectly suited the sunny conditions, and RBAI’s Hume drove over from a central position for Ireland’s fourth try of the contest. After the dependable Yamasawa clipped over a penalty, Ireland took a commanding 26-10 lead into the interval.
Nonetheless, Japan were determined to make the most of their final tour match and they responded with their second try, loosehead prop Gaku Shimizu using all of his physical power to ground the ball under the posts, and Yamasawa’s second successful conversion followed.
Hiroto Mamada and Fifita Siosaia combined to set up Japanese replacement Tomoya Kimura for a try on the right flank. This converted effort brought the gap back down to a manageable 14 points, but Ireland were hell bent on finishing the game in a positive frame of mind.