Coming off a big win over a very inexperienced China outfit the Junior Australian Outback went into their second game of the tournament against Japan knowing they would have a much tougher test.

Japan has been playing American Football for a very long time both in school, college and professional levels which puts them in the box seat against an Australian team who play in local competitions.

Japan has taken part at all 4 of the IFAF Under 19 World Championships finishing 3rd in 2009 and 2012 whereas this is the first time Australia has qualified for the championships.

As many expected Japan were far too strong for Australia as team Japan opened up a 22-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter. The Japanese went on to win the game 42-0 in a game where the Australian team would have learn a lot about the level of play required to success at events like this one.

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Photos from @hyt_phenix on Instagram.

Australia will take on China again on Wednesday with the winner of the game to face off against Austria for 5th place in the tournament. Austria has loss both its games to the USA and Mexico so far in the tournament and would love to get a win in its final game.

The Gold Medal match participants will be decided on Thursday when the USA take on Japan and Canada play Mexico with the winners off to the Championship and the losers will play off for the Bronze medal.

Below you will find all the results and schedule so far for the tournament.

Harbin2016 results

Japan defeat Australia at U19 Championships


Gridiron DownUnder's Grand Poobah

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