2004–05 Top League

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2004–05 Top League
Countries Japan Japan
Date
Champions Toshiba Brave Lupus
Runners-up Yamaha Jubilo

The 2004–05 Top League was the 2nd season of Japan's domestic rugby union competition, the Top League. Toshiba Brave Lupus won both the league round-robin and the Microsoft Cup knockout competitions.

Teams[edit]

Team Region
IBM Big Blue Chiba, Kanto
Kintetsu Liners Osaka, Kansai
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers Hyogo, Kansai
Kubota Spears Chiba, Kanto
NEC Green Rockets Chiba, Kanto
Ricoh Black Rams Tokyo, Kanto
Sanyo Wild Knights Gunma, Kanto
Suntory Sungoliath Tokyo, Kanto
Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo, Kanto
Toyota Verblitz Aichi, Tokai
World Fighting Bull Kobe, Kansai
Yamaha Jubilo Shizuoka, Tokai

Top League season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Top League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Toshiba Brave Lupus 11 10 0 1 463 166 297 9 1 50
2 Yamaha Jubilo 11 9 0 2 380 218 162 8 1 45
3 NEC Green Rockets 11 9 0 2 407 253 154 7 1 44
4 Toyota Verblitz 11 8 0 3 427 224 203 9 2 43
5 Kobe Steelers 11 6 0 5 326 356 -30 8 2 34
6 Kubota Spears 11 5 0 6 277 334 -57 6 1 27
7 Sanyo Wild Knights 11 4 0 7 346 296 50 4 4 24
8 Suntory Sungoliath 11 4 0 7 307 282 25 4 4 24
9 World Fighting Bull 11 4 0 7 230 366 -136 3 1 20
10 Ricoh Black Rams 11 4 0 7 207 370 -163 1 1 18
11 Kintetsu Liners 11 2 0 9 261 514 -253 4 1 13
12 IBM Big Blue 11 1 0 10 243 495 -252 4 2 10

 • The top 8 teams qualified to the Microsoft Cup play-offs.
 • The top 4 teams also qualified to the for entry into the All-Japan Rugby Football Championship.
 • Teams 9 and 10 went through to the promotion and relegation play-offs against regional challengers.
 • Teams 11 and 12 were automatically relegated.

Source:The Rugby Archive

Four points for a win, two for a draw, one bonus point for four tries or more (BP1) and one bonus point for losing by seven or less (BP2).
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
 • Difference between points for and against
 • Total number of points for
 • Number of matches won
 • Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
 • Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled

Fixtures and results[edit]

Microsoft Cup play-offs[edit]

The top eight teams in the league played off for the Microsoft Cup (2005) knock out tournament, which was won by Toshiba Brave Lupus.

Quarter-finals[edit]






Semi-finals[edit]




The number of tries and goals being equal, the result was decided in favour of Yamaha by a lottery held at Hanazono after the game.

Final[edit]



In the season Toshiba Brave Lupus were top of the Top League, and Yamaha were second.

Challenge series[edit]

Challenge 1[edit]

The top-placed regional teams from East Japan, West Japan and Kyushu played each other in Challenge 1. The top two were automatically promoted, replacing the 11th and 12th teams which were automatically relegated. The third-placed team played the 10th placed Top League team, with the winner of that game taking a Top League place.[1]





Final order: 1st-Sanix, 2nd-Secom, 3rd-Toyota Industries.

So Sanix and Secom were promoted to the Top League for 2005-06.

Challenge 2[edit]

The second-placed regional teams played each other in Challenge 2 for the right to play the 9th placed Top League team, with the winner taking a Top League place.





Final order: 1st-Honda, 2nd-Coca-Cola, 3rd-Mitsubishi.

So Honda Heat won the right to play World Fighting Bull for a place in the Top League 2005-06 (Honda came top in Challenge 2 because they gained a bonus point for the number of tries scored against Mitsubishi).

Promotion and relegation play-offs[edit]

Two promotion/relegation matches (Irekaesen) were played with the winners qualifying for the 2005–06 Top League. The 10th-placed team from the Top League against the 3rd-placed team from Challenge 1. The 9th-placed team from the Top League against the 1st-placed team from Challenge 2.




So Ricoh and World stayed in the Top League for the 2005–06 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan - Top League Challenge 2004/05". rugbyarchive.net. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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