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Following a week’s break Top League action returned across Japan this past weekend.Round 5 signaled a third of the season has been played and Yamaha Jubilo remain in pole position with Suntory Sungoliath hot on their heels.
At the other end of the table, Toyota Industries Shuttles and Honda Heat remain winless.
Week 5 results
Panasonic 42 NTT Comms 14
Kintetsu 29 Kubota 20
Coca Cola 42 Honda 12
Yamaha 47 Ricoh 14
Kobe Steel 41 Toyota Shuttles 5
NEC 22 Toyota Verblitz 17
Sanix 31 Toshiba 21
Suntory 37 Canon 22
Here are the updated standings.
Kyodo News was at the games in Tokyo on Friday and Saturday and in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sunday.
On Monday, the good starts from certain players and teams were rewarded when Japan coach Jamie Joseph named a 36-man squad ahead of the November tests.