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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Top Japanese Side in Cup

TOKYO -- Russia may have failed to qualify for the World Cup later this year, but it gained some consolation by beating qualifier Japan 43-34 in a rugby union test match in the Super Powers Cup on Sunday.

The Russians, including 2.02-meter tall Sergei Sergeyev, used their height advantage to dominate the lineouts.

After winger Yaroslav Rechnev scored a try in first-half injury time to give the vistors an 18-13 lead, the Russian side never looked back.

Fullback Toru Kurihara opened up the scoring for the Japanese side in the 14th minute with a penalty goal.

The Russians drew even after stand-off Konstantin Rachkov slotted a penalty following a Japanese obstruction only two minutes later.

Prop Oleg Shukaylov made it 8-3 with a try in the 24th minute with Rachkov adding a conversion and another penalty for 13-3 before the Japanese regathered to draw back to even with tries through winger Daisuke Ohata and Kurihara.

In the second half, the Russians pulled away to 40-20 by the end of normal time, leaving the Japanese to save some face with two converted tries in the seven minutes of injury time through Kurihara and stand-off Soshi Fuchigami.

The match was the second of the inaugural four-nation round robin tournament, which started with the United States defeating Japan 69-27 a week ago in San Francisco.

China's three matches against Russia, Japan and the United States have been postponed due to concerns over the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak.

Sunday's result was also sweet revenge for the Russians after their 19-59 defeat to Japan in Tokyo a year ago.

The Russians were disqualified in the qualifying round for the World Cup, following the inclusion of three South African players in a match against Spain, giving the Spaniards a berth in a repechage round.