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10月5日号 ラグビーW杯開幕 日本、2連勝好発進

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stunner
驚くべき人・事
shake up ~
~を揺さぶる
seismic
(ここでは)劇的な
beat ~
~を降す(写真説明の defeat ~も同意)
Brave Blossoms
日本代表チームの愛称
overwhelm
圧倒する
vulnerable
弱い
suffocate
相手を苦しめる
line
1列に並んだ選手たちの
check
阻む
pull off
得る
upset
番狂わせ
overcome (→ overcome)
打ち勝つ
try
敵陣のインゴールに球を置くこと(5点)(後出 penalty は相手の反則地点からキックで得点すること〈3点〉)
roll
前進する
embolden
勇気づける
raucous
にぎやかな
pin ~
(ここでは)~をくぎ付けにする
own half
自陣
flyhalf
ポジション名(後出 winger もポジション名)
trail
追う
reserve
控え選手
calf
ふくらはぎ
deserved
価値がある
convert
トライの後にH型ポストを狙ってキックし追加得点する(2点)
full time ... roar
大歓声に包まれて試合終了を迎える
pay off
報われる
pool game
1次リーグの試合
quarterfinal
準々決勝

Shizuoka Stunner   

Japan shook up the Rugby World Cup (RWC) with another seismic result by beating Ireland 19-12 on Sept. 28 in Shizuoka Prefecture. Their win comes after the Brave Blossoms overwhelmed Russia 30-10 in the RWC's opening match in Tokyo on Sept. 20.

Ireland were vulnerable on the edges, and by employing suffocating line speed that checked the Irish attack, Japan pulled off an even bigger surprise than their famed upset of South Africa in the 2015 RWC in England.

Ireland, unlike South Africa four years ago, weren't taking the Japanese lightly. They knew exactly what was coming, but the team, ranked No. 1 just a week before, was still overcome.

The Irish led 12-3 after scoring two tries in the first quarter of the game and looked to be rolling. But Japan, emboldened by its raucous home fans, began to pin the Irish back in their own half, earning penalties that flyhalf Tamura Yu kicked for goals.

Japan trailed 12-9 at halftime, which came as some relief to Ireland.

But if Ireland expected to widen their margin, they were in for a shock. When star winger Fukuoka Kenki, a late addition to the reserves after recovering from a calf muscle injury, crossed Ireland's goal line in the 58th minute, his try and Japan's first lead in the match were richly deserved.

Tamura converted and added a penalty, and minutes later full time was greeted by a roar.

"I'm filled with joy as all the hard work (to recover) paid off," Fukuoka said.

Coach Jamie Joseph enjoyed the moment, but was cautious. It was only Japan's second win from two games. Japan won three pool games in 2015 and still missed the quarterfinals. Japan plays Samoa on Oct. 5, then Scotland on Oct. 13. (AP)

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