12 Mar 2016

Sport: Fiji and Japan put unbeaten records on the line

11:48 am on 12 March 2016

After a first-up victory against Tonga A, Junior Japan are backing the same tactics to deliver the goods in tonight's Pacific Challenge clash against the Fiji Warriors in Suva.

Both teams had first up wins, with Japan beating the Tongans 26-8 and Fiji outclassing Samoa A 34-6.

The Fiji Warriors are five time champions in this event but the Japanese are buoyed by their victory, having lost all of their matches last year.

Head coach Ryuji Nakatake said they have a better handle on what to expect second time and have added six overage players with experience playing in the Japan Top League, to complement their core of Under 20 players.

He said they plan to stick to their guns in tonight's feature clash.

"We had a big challenge against Tonga, using the ball wide and quick ball. Next match is also the same plan so we want to move the ball wide and quickly but Fiji Warriors are much bigger than us so next match we focus on the contact area" he said.

Samoa A and Tonga A kick off proceedings this afternoon at ANZ Stadium, with both teams searching for their first win.