- shake up ～
- beat ～
- ～を降す（写真説明の defeat ～も同意）
- Brave Blossoms
- pull off
- overcome (→ overcome)
- 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〉）
- pin ～
- own half
- ポジション名（後出 winger もポジション名）
- full time ... roar
- pay off
- pool game
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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