Wales rally to beat Japan

2013-06-08 10:06
Wales fan (File)
Osaka - A second-string Wales team twice came from behind to beat Asian champions Japan 22-18 in the opener of their two-Test series on Saturday.

It was Japan's 12th straight defeat to Wales, including three losses in Rugby World Cup matches, since their first encounter in 1973.

"I'm hugely proud," said Wales coach Robin McBryde.

"We didn't deal well with the (hot) conditions in the first half, but showed really good character to come through," he said.

Fullback Ayumu Goromaru gave Japan a 6-0 lead with two penalties but Welsh flyhalf Dan Biggar pulled two penalties back, one with a long shot from near the halfway line, to level at 6-6.

Fullback Liam Williams saved a try, but the Japanese threatened the Welsh side several times and finally scored to take a 11-6 lead again shortly before the break.

Japan won a lineout close to the Welsh goal line, allowing flank Michael Broadhurst to touch down near the right corner in the 38th minute, too far out for Goromaru to convert.

Goromaru missed two penalty shots while Biggar scored one penalty to trail Japan 9-11 at the beginning of the second half.

Wales encamped in the Japanese field for most of the second half, playing close to the Japanese tryline and took the lead for the first time when Biggar added another penalty in the 59th minute.

The visitors stretched their lead when wing Harry Robinson completed a fluent passing play to score a converted try in the 63rd minute.

Right-wing Yoshikazu Fujita kept Japanese hopes alive with a try in the 69th minute and Goromaru capitalised to close the gap to 19-18.

But a Japanese high tackle gave Wales another penalty chance, which substitute Rhys Patchell cashed in on in the 78th minute to complete the scoring.

"I'm very disappointed with the game. We could have won. But I'm very proud of my players," Japan coach Eddie Jones said.

The two teams will play each other again next week at the Prince Chichibu stadium in Tokyo.

Wales' best players and their head coach Warren Gatland are touring Australia with the British and Irish Lions.



Tries: Michael Broadhurst, Yoshikazu Fujita
Conversion: Ayumu Goromaru
Penalties: Goramaru (2)


Tries: Harry Robinson
Conversion: Dan Biggar
Penalties: Biggar (4), Rhys Patchell

Read more on:    japan  |  wales  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

The Kings will play this year's Currie Cup in the "B" First Division. How will this impact their Super Rugby participation next year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.