Sam Davies saved Wales’ blushes at the Principality Stadium with an 80th-minute drop goal
It was a rare moment of clarity in a Welsh performance punctuated by errors
Leigh Halfpenny scored 15 points with the boot and Japan number eight Amanaki Mafi was named man-of-the-match
A last-minute drop-goal from replacement fly-half Sam Davies helped save Welsh blushes on Saturday as they edged Japan 33-30 in Cardiff.
It looked like the Brave Blossoms had snatched a draw when Yu Tamura converted Amanaki Lotoahea’s 74th-minute try but Wales went down the other end of the field, with Davies showing good composure to slot the three points.
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.