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Japan beats US 20-14 in WCup warmup Japan beats US 20-14 in WCup warmup The Associated Press TOKYO TOKYO (AP) — Second-half tries from Takashi Kikutani and Takehisa Usuzuki powered Japan to a 20-14 victory over the United States on Sunday in the teams' final warmup match ahead of next month's Rugby World Cup. John Kirwan's side dominated with its physical play in the second half, shutting down the U.S. to secure the victory. Playing before a partisan crowd at Chichibunomiya Stadium, Japan scored first on a try by Taihei Ueda six minutes into the contest, which began in a driving rain. Ueda took a pass from Alisi Tupuailai, who set up the score with a strong open-field run, near the goal line. Kevin Swiryn responded for the U.S. seconds later with a try to level the scores at 5-5. The U.S. moved ahead 7-5 on the conversion by Nese Malifa but Japan retook the lead with a drop goal from Ryan Nicholas in the 12th minute. Paul Emerick then scored a try on a long uncontested run to give back the advantage to the Americans just before halftime. Swiryn added the conversion to make it 14-8 at the break. In the second half, Kikutani barreled through the American defense from just outside the goal line for a try in the 53rd minute to move the hosts within a point. Shaun Webb put Japan back on top 15-14 with the conversion. Usuzuki extended Japan's winning margin to 20-14 with a try in the 66th minute. Japan, which lost to Italy 31-24 in Cesena last week, made 12 changes for the match. U.S. coach Eddie O'Sullivan made eight changes to his side after losing 27-7 to Canada in Glendale, Colorado, last weekend. Japan will face France in its opening Pool A World Cup match on Sept. 10. The U.S. begins its campaign in Pool C against Ireland on Sept. 11.