Cape Town - Taqele Naiyaravoro underlined his potential as a future Australia star with three
tries and a powerful all-round display as an invitation World XV beat Japan
45-20 in Tokyo.
due to join Glasgow Warriors next season, is on the radar of Wallabies coach
Michael Cheika, who sent half-a-dozen World Cup hopefuls to Tokyo to gain
valuable game time.
his prospective teammates were being battered by New Zealand in Auckland, the
6ft 5in former Waratahs wing took his chance by blasting through tacklers all
evening for his treble.
was backed up by two tries from veteran New Zealand scrum half Andrew Ellis,
Australia’s Berrick Barnes kicked four penalties and three conversions, and
replacement Mike Harris added a second half conversion.
were energetic and organised, with Karne Hesketh striking early on and a
penalty try awarded in the second half when their forwards drove for the line.
Ayamu Gomaru added a conversion and two penalties, and Harumichi Tatekawa one
Eddie Jones’s side - who face South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and the USA in next
month’s World Cup - came off badly at the breakdown where they couldn’t compete
with Australia's Liam Gill, New Zealand’s Adam Thomson and Springboks Number 8
edged the opening 15 minutes, though, as the World 15 only worked their way out
of their own half twice.
earned enough territory for Barnes to strike two long-range penalties but the
advantage was wiped out when they were turned over in their own 22 and Japan
swiftly moved the ball right for Hesketh to go over in the corner with Gormaru
had been prominent carrying the ball up and the big wing grabbed the invitation
side's opening try when Spies broke and committed tacklers down the short side.
more Barnes penalties built up a 19-7 interval lead and Gormaru replied before
Ellis dashed over for his first score after 54 minus following Naijaravoro’s
leap to claim a Barnes cross-kick.
added a second penalty but Ellis struck again on the hour. Again it was
Naiyaravoro whose break created the opening with Christian Leali’ifano
providing the assist.
33-13 down Japan gave themselves an opening 12 minutes from time when a
well-organised lineout drive was pulled down, a penalty try awarded and New
Zealand’s Ali Williams in the sin bin.
Taqele added two late scores in the final 10 minutes, first when Liam Gill put
him clear after another breakdown steal and then when he battered over from