Japan blank Georgia to end home Tests on a high

Japan thrashed Georgia 28-0 on Saturday

Toyota City (Japan) (AFP) – Japan thrashed Georgia 28-0 on Saturday to end a busy month of home Tests on a high note after splitting a two-match mini-series against Italy.

The 2019 World Cup hosts, ranked one spot above Georgia at 11th in the world, ran in three second-half tries after a scrappy first period in rain-soaked Toyota.

Leading by nine points at the break, Japan broke the game open when Wimpie van der Walt bundled over three minutes after the restart, quickly followed by a brilliant solo try from Lomano Lemeki.

Kazuki Himeno added a third try for the Brave Blossoms, who were never seriously threatened by the visitors.

Earlier this month, Japan beat Italy 34-17 before coming up just short in a 25-22 defeat against the Azzurri last weekend.

Fly-half Yu Tamura finished with 10 points but completed just four of eight attempts with the boot, missing several easy kicks.

He slotted two first-half penalties but sliced three more easy kicks wide before Ryuji Noguchi gave Japan a 9-0 advantage at the interval.