Japan Rugby Top League Cup 2019: Round 5 Wrap-up

Round Five Wrap-up

Date Team Score Team K/O Venue
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 Suntory 23-19 Panasonic 19:30 Chichibu, Tokyo
  NTT Docomo 6-36 NTT Comm. 19:30 Expo, Osaka
  Kobe 47-26 NEC 19:30 Kobe, Kobe
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 Ricoh 82-0 Mazda 16:30 Chichibu, Tokyo
  Shimizu 10-21 Kurita 16:30 Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Mitsubishi Sagamihara 8-22 Canon 19:00 Sagamihara, Kanagawa
  Toyota Industries 12-45 Kintetsu 16:30 Suzuka, Mie
Honda 24-19 Hino 19:00 Suzuka, Mie
  Kyuden 17-62 Toshiba 16:30 Level-5, Fukuoka
  Sanix 7-52 Yamaha 19:00 Level-5, Fukuoka
  Coca-Cola 52-12 Kamaishi 18:30 Egao, Kumamoto

The fifth and final round of the Japan Rugby Top League Cup 2019 took place on Friday, 19 July and Saturday, 20 July 2019 at various locations across Japan.

In the first of three Friday games, Suntory edged out Panasonic 23-19 at the Chichibu ground in Tokyo. The win gave Suntory top spot in Pool A.

Elsewhere, Pool B rivals NTT Docomo and NTT Communications met in Osaka with the latter winning 36-6. Meanwhile, Kobe hosted NEC at the Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium with the home side looking to keep their undefeated record intact in Pool D. NEC led early in the second half, but the Top League titleholders turned up the heat to run out comfortable 47-26 winners to top their pool.

The other eight games were played on Saturday, starting with Ricoh thumping Mazda 82-0 at Chichibu in Pool D. The Black Rams ran in 14 unanswered tries with number eight Shuhei Matsuhashi touching down five times.

In a double header at the Sagamihara Gion Stadium in Kanagawa prefecture, Kurita pulled off their first win of the Cup with a hard-fought 21-10 victory over Shimizu in Pool A in the early game. Canon did it tough in their 22-8 win over Mitsubishi Sagamihara in the latter game in Pool C.

In another double header, this time at Suzuka city in Mie prefecture, Kintetsu made it four wins from five starts in Pool D with a 45-12 victory over Toyota Industries in the early game and Honda did enough to beat Hino 24-19 in Pool A in the late game.

Further, in a third Saturday double header, at the Level-5 Stadium in Fukuoka, Kyuden succumbed 62-17 to Toshiba in the first game. Five straight wins for Toshiba saw them top the Pool B standings on 23 points. Meanwhile, Yamaha outscored Sanix eight tries to one in their 52-7 in the second game for their third win in Pool B.

In the final game of round five, Kyushu-based Coca-Cola stayed on the island to face Kamaishi in Kumamoto in their Pool C encounter. The locals hit their straps against the northerners, enjoying a comfortable 52-12 win.