TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Craig Wing and Michael Broadhurst scored tries in the second half as the hosts beat an inexperienced Wales side 23-8 on Saturday for their first official test-match win against a Tier One nation.
"I am very proud of the players," Japan coach Eddie Jones said. "It was fantastic to see 25,000 here watching a Japanese style of rugby."
Tom Prydie scored the only try for the visitors when he crossed in the 44th minute to give Wales an 8-6 lead.
Wing powered over in the 48th for his first try for his adopted country and Ayumu Goromaru added the extras as Japan led 13-8. Broadhurst widened the lead to 18-8 in the 58th and Goromaru's third penalty in the 76th sealed the win for Japan.
Wales was missing 15 players away with the British and Irish Lions in Australia. Cardiff flanker Josh Navidi started for Wales to become the eighth player on this tour to earn a first cap.
Scores: Japan 23 (Craig Wing, Michael Broadhurst tries; Ayumu Goromaru 3 penalties, 2 conversions), Wales 8 (Tom Prydie, try; Dan Biggar penalty). HT: 6-3.