Test Match Report 1930-2019
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Japan's 8 Best Games
22 October 1983 in the Arms Park
●Japan 24-29 Wales○
Big deal that excited the whole of Wales
“Thank God we won. We have been taking pride in being the world's best in rugby. However, we had a very hard time against Japan, who we had seen as a pushover. In order to maintain our position as the top, we need to learn from Japan and restart practising from scratch.” Welsh captain reflected on his team harshly and praised Japan in his speech.
The score 10 years ago was 14-62. This time, Japan added 10 points to their score and lost only half as much points as then. Moreover, we didn't just take in a cross-game, but locked in a neck-and-neck match for 80 minutes as coach Hibino described. From the 20th minute of the second half, after the margin was widened to 17-29, a dark shadow started to be cast on Japan, Japan launched a fierce counterattack and tried for three tries in a row. Japan could upset the game if they could score a try and a conversion. The backs, which had been supported in many moments in the previous four matches, showed the ‘for the team' spirit. They proceeded to the right from a maul and let Hirao cut in, then formed a ruck centring Fujita. They stirred up the left side this time. Tanifuji dived into the corner to try in the 22nd minute. The backs' tenacity encouraged a forward collapse. Chida went for the side and ran 35m to score a try in the 31st minute. With two minutes remaining, Japan connected the pass from Oyagi to Fujita from a short lineout, and scored a try between left and centre. The forwards sprang back to life and rampaged. Kanaya, who was playing an unaccustomed role as a winger, did a good job in defence especially with tackling. The backs' defence, physically led by Kanaya, contributed to closing the gap to within five points. “We have been practising for this day. We brought out our best, and we are satisfied,” captain Matsuo's words expressed everything.
Japan 24 Wales XV 29
Cardiff Arms Park, Wales
Referee: J.A.F. Trigg (England)
Touch Judges: C.J. High (England), A.E. White (England)
JAPAN: 15 Naohisa Tanifuji, 14 Fukumi Kanaya, 13 Hideo Kobayashi, 12 Seiji Hirao, 11 Tetsuya Higashida, 10 Yuji Matsuo (capt), 9 Yoshimitsu Konishi, 8 Yasuharu Kawase, 7 Michihito Chida, 6 Hikaru Kawachi, 5 Atsushi Oyagi, 4 Toshiyuki Hayashi, 3 Koji Horaguchi (16 Yoshichiro Ikeda 70), 2 Tsuyoshi Fujita, 1 Jiro Ishiyama.
Reserves: 17 Masahiro Inoue, 18 Kazuo Sejimo, 19 Takeo Ishizuka, 20 Tsutomu Okuwaki, 21 Toshiro Yoshino.
Tries: Konishi, Tanifuji, Chida, Fujita; Conversion: Kobayashi; Penalty Goals: Kobayashi (2).
WALES: 15 Mark Anthony Wyatt, 14 Mark Howard Titley, 13 Kevin Hopkins, 12 Bleddyn Bowen, 11 Adrian Michael Hadley, 10 Malcolm Dacey, 9 Raymond Giles, 8 Edward Thomas Butler (capt), 7 Mark Brown, 6 Mark Davies, 5 Terence Windsor Shaw, 4 Sydney John Perkins, 3 Ian Harold Eidman, 2 William John James, 1 Jeffrey Whitefoot.
Reserves: 16 Howell Davies, 17 Mark Gerarde ('Ringo') Ring, 18 Mark Henry James Douglas, 19 Michael John Watkins, 20 Gerwyn Rhys Morgan, 21 David Francis ('Dai Pick') Pickering.
Tries: Hadley, Brown, Dacey, Bowen, Giles; Conversions: Wyatt (3); Penalty Goal: Wyatt.
Scoring sequence (Japan's score shown first): 4min-pen Wales XV, Wyatt (missed), 6min-pen Wales XV, Wyatt (missed), 12min-try Wales XV, Hadley; conv. Wyatt (missed)-0-4, 15min-try Japan, Konishi; conv. Kobayashi (missed)-4-4, 18min-try Wales XV, Brown; Wyatt (missed)-4-8, 22min-try Wales XV, Dacey; Wyatt-4-14, 25min-pen Japan, Kobayashi-7-14, 33min-pen Japan, Kobayashi-10-14, 38min-drop goal Japan, Matsuo (missed), Half-time, 49min-pen Wales XV, Wyatt-10-17, 52min-try Wales XV, Bowen; Wyatt-10-23, 58min-try Wales XV, Giles; Wyatt-10-29, 64min-try Japan, Tanifuji; conv. Kobayashi (missed)-14-29, 75min-try Japan, Chida; conv. Kobayashi (missed)-18-29, 82min-try Japan, Fujita; conv. Kobayashi-24-29.