Japan have won their first Pacific Nations Cup title since 2014 with a 34-20 win over the USA in Suva.

The Brave Blossoms, will host the Rugby World Cup in just under six weeks time, and the team seems to have had the best possible preparations so far.

Japan started their virtual PNC final against the Eagles with tremendous precision, scoring within three minutes through their inspirational captain Michael Leitch, on their way to 17 unanswered points.

However it was then that USA sevens star Madison Hughes scored to give the Americans some hope.

The USA closed things up to be just 20-13 behind at the break before a try by fullback Ryohei Yamanaka regained momentum for Japan and a second try by Leitch sealed the game and the title for the Brave Blossoms.

The USA scored a consolation try to flanker Hanco Germishuys, but it was too little, too late.

After the game, Japan coach Jamie Joseph said the team’s first goal was to win the PNC and their next goal was to go to the World Cup, play the their brand of rugby and make the top eight.

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