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Wily Japan overcome Polish challenge

12 October 2016

A superb display from Kazuhiro Takano and captain Masayuki Shimokawa in front of the sold out Arena paved the way for Japan – with a 33-22 victory over Poland – to leap into second place of the Group B standings at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The Poles looked a bit hapless in front of the Japanese raiders but Jan Baranowicz salvaged some pride with nine points, a point shy of a Super 10.

The first half got underway with many empty raids as both teams looked cautious and were looking reluctant to take any risks. Takano opened the account for Japan with a bonus point, while Baranowicz scored for Poland in a do-or-die raid later. The defenders from both sides didn't look too focused initially as they were leaking easy points. Poland released some pressure by scoring four points in quick succession to reduce the deficit from five points to one. The first half saw too many empty raids. Shingo Saito scored the first tackle point of the match after 13 minutes to open the defenders’ account. The last Polish man surrendered in the 15th minute as Japan inflicted the first all-out and never looked back from that point on.

At the halfway mark, Poland was nine points in arrears with a 19-10 scoreline in favour of the Asian side.

The second half started off with Japanese skipper Shimokawa with a fantastic toe touch. Defenders from both sides suddenly came to life as they denied raiders with some powerful dash points. Baranowicz was in the thick of the action throughout the match. The men from the Land of the Rising Sun stood their ground in the second half but Poland were hanging in there by the skin of their teeth. The Japanese defenders kept Polish captain Michal Spiczko isolated and made him sit on the bench most of the time.

Japan didn't have a great day on the mat but their raiders collected enough points to beat Poland by a comfortable margin. They next face Group B leaders Iran on October 15 in a bid to bag bragging rights in their pool. As for Poland, they have three losses out of three with just a solitary point to show so far. They next play United States of America on October 14. For complete stats from Poland vs Japan, check out our MatchCentre