Japan shock weakened Wales
- 15 Jun 2013
Japan claimed their first ever Test victory against Wales when they won 23-8 in Tokyo.
Wales were missing their 15 Lions representatives and another four or five players who were being rested, but this was still an official Test and there are no asterisks in the record books.
There were joyous scenes of celebration at the final whistle from the Japanese players and the capacity crowd, and while coach Eddie Jones admitted that Wales were understrength he said it was a big milestone for Japanese rugby nonetheless.
Japan scored two second-half tries, via Aussie centre Craig Wing and Kiwi flank Michael Broadhurst, while fullback Ayumu Goromaru landed five shots at goal.
With Wales having won the first Test 22-18 last weekend, the series was drawn 1-1.
Japan – Tries: Craig Wing, Michael Broadhurst. Conversions: Ayumu Goromura (2). Penalties: Goromura (3).
Wales – Try: Tom Prydie. Penalty: Dan Biggar.
Japan – 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose (capt), 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Takashi Kikutani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shoji Ito, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Subs: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Justin Ives, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.
Wales – 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 James King, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Bradley Davies (c), 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Rhys Gill.
Subs: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Dafydd Howells.
Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
Wait for Bok World Cup squad
Players not included in Heyneke Meyer's extended squad could yet play for the Springboks this year, writes MARK KEOHANE in Business Day newspaper.
Faf’s taking the gap
Faf de Klerk’s Super Rugby performances have put him in line for higher honours, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
‘SA can learn from Hurricanes’
What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-finals.