Japan Rugby Top League Cup 2019: Round 3 Wrap-up
|Fri, 5 Jul 2019||Ricoh||13-19||Kobe||19:30||Chichibu, Tokyo|
|NTT Docomo||12-36||Yamaha||19:30||Expo, Osaka|
|Sat, 6 Jul 2019||NTT Comm.||67-14||Kyuden||11:30||Kamaishi, Iwate|
|Toshiba||42-5||Sanix||16:00||J Stadium, Fukushima|
|Mitsubishi Sagamihara||7-12||Kubota||19:00||Chichibu, Tokyo|
|Mazda||24-26||Toyota Industries||15:00||Nagato, Yamaguchi|
Round three of the Japan Rugby Top League Cup 2019 took place on Friday, 5 June and Saturday, 6 June 2019 at various locations across Japan.
At the Chichibu ground in Tokyo on Friday evening, Kobe Steel had to work hard to beat Ricoh 19-13 to keep their winning record intact in this Pool D encounter. Meanwhile, in the only other Friday game, table-topping NTT Docomo suffered their first loss when they went down 36-12 to Yamaha in Osaka in their Pool B clash.
In Pool A, Suntory had a comfortable 55-7 win over Kurita to head the table on 15 points from Panasonic on 14 points. Panasonic are the only other undefeated team in this pool after their 40-7 win over Honda at Kumagaya. Hino are in third place on 11 points following their 40-12 victory over Kurita while Honda, Kurita and Shimizu make up the rest of the group.
In Pool B, Toshiba beat Sanix 42-5 to top this pool on 13 points and remain the only unbeaten side in the group. NTT Communications and Yamaha trail Toshiba on 11 points each after the former scored a 67-14 win over Kyuden at Kamaishi. Docomo drop to fourth followed by scoreless Sanix and Kyuden.
In Pool C, Canon and Kubota both remain undefeated after the former beat Coca-Cola 33-17 and the latter beat Mitsubishi Sagamihara 12-7. Canon top the table on the full 15 points from Kubota on 14 points and Mitsubishi on 7 points. Kamaishi Seawaves and Coca-Cola bring up the tail.
In Pool D, Kobe are on top on 13 points followed by Kintetsu on 10 points. Kintetsu had a surprise 56-19 win over Top League side NEC for their second win in three outings. NEC are in third place on 9 points followed by Ricoh on 7 points. Elsewhere in this pool, Toyota Industries pulled a win from the jaws of defeat with a gripping 26-24 victory over Mazda down in Yamaguchi prefecture. That was the first win for the Toyota side leaving Mazda winless on the bottom of the pool table.
Pool Standings after Round Three
|Panasonic Wild Knights||3||3||0||126||50||76||14|
|Hino Red Dolphins||3||2||1||145||55||90||11|
|Kurita Water Gush||3||0||3||22||128||-106||0|
|Shimizu Blue Sharks||3||0||3||31||219||-188||0|
|Toshiba Brave Lupus||3||3||0||97||50||27||13|
|NTT Communications Shining Arcs||3||2||1||148||51||97||11|
|NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes||3||2||1||90||46||44||10|
|Munakata Sanix Blues||3||0||3||16||145||-129||0|
|Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars||3||1||2||31||37||-6||7|
|Coca-Cola Red Sparks||3||1||2||49||100||-51||4|
|Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers||3||3||0||79||29||50||13|
|NEC Green Rockets||3||2||1||69||73||-4||9|
|Ricoh Black Rams||3||1||2||54||40||14||7|
|Toyota Industries Shuttles||3||1||2||52||98||-46||4|
|Mazda Blue Zoomers||3||0||3||46||119||-73||1|