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Holley’s verdict on Wales’ win over Japan

Scrum V analyst Sean Holley runs the rule over Wales’ narrow 33-30 win over Japan.

Under Armour Series: Wales v Japan

Wales
(14) 33

Tries:
Lydiate, Roberts, Warburton Conv: Halfpenny 3 Pens: Halfpenny 3 Drop goal: Davies

Japan
(13) 30

Tries:
Yamada, Fukuoka, Lotoahea Conv: Lotoahea, Tamura 2 Pens: Tamura 3
Replacement fly-half Sam Davies saved Wales’ blushes at the Principality Stadium with an 80th-minute drop-goal to beat battling Japan.Yu Tamura’s conversion of Amanaki Lotoahea’s 76th-minute try almost earned Japan an historic draw in a thrilling international in Cardiff.Wales had led by 11 points in the second half after tries by Dan Lydiate, Jamie Roberts and Sam Warburton.Wings Akihito Yamada and Kenki Fukuoka were Japan’s other try-scorers.Leigh Halfpenny scored 15 points with the boot and Japan number eight Amanaki Mafi was named man-of-the-match after a tireless and powerful display.

But it is the 23-year-old Ospreys number 10 Davies who will dominate the headlines after keeping his cool to nail his drop-goal left-footed from 30 metres in only his second international.

It was a rare moment of clarity in a Welsh performance punctuated by errors and a lack of tactical control.

Japan, with fly-half Tamura kicking superbly and Mafi simply magnificent, were worth a draw and were visibly disappointed at the final whistle.