Japan vs Chile – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool CSam Boyd Stadium03/02/201901:48 PM2019 USA Sevens

Chile entered looking to build on a historic draw against South Africa to close day 1. With a significantly large Chilean victory and a South African loss to England, Chile could earn a shocking quarterfinal bid. But Japan was the first side to get on the scoreboard with a try from Dai Ozawa. Chile responded with a try from Pedro Verschae. The conversion put Chile in front, restoring hopes of a quarterfinal birth.

Japan started the second half with a try right by the post from Taiki Koyama, setup by an excellent strip by Kameli Raravou Soejima. The conversion made it 12–7 in favor of Japan. A yellow card against Chile with 2:05 remaining put Chile under extreme pressure. The Try by Kippei Ishida in the final minute dashed any dreams of Chile forcing the Blitzbokke to miss the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. Despite a strong showing in pool play, Chile still finished at the bottom of the pool. Undoubtedly, Chile will be a tough out in the challenge trophy competition.

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