14 Aug '11, 2am

Japan rugby coach identifies flaws after Italy loss: Japan coach John Kirwan said his team needs to learn to go

Japan coach John Kirwan said his team needs to learn to go lower into the contact at international level if they want to take a step up in class. Japan ran Italy close at the Stadio Manuzzi on Saturday in a World Cup warm-up before going down 31-24, scoring three tries but conceding four. And Kirwan identified the contact area as one in which they need to learn from the European game. "We need to be a bit lower at contact with the ball in hand, we need to make sure we retain the ball, the second tackler needs to get in a bit quicker to slow things down," he said. "I felt the referee was favouring the opposition so we needed good discipline. We needed to cope when the Italians slowed the ball down and we need to know what to do. "We must have the ability to stop the scrum and maul, that was a positive thing for Italy. We have to use our physicality, if you go in high in the...

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