Record win for Wales

Wales recorded the biggest win in their illustrious international history as they thrashed Japan 98-0. [more]

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Wales recorded the biggest win in their illustrious international history as they thrashed Japan 98-0.

Captain Colin Charvis led the way, scoring four of his team’s 14 tries – a record for a Welsh forward – to help his team end their four-Test autumn series in scintillating style.

Centre Gavin Henson kicked all 14 conversions, another Welsh Test record, with Wales eclipsing their 91-point winning margin against Portugal in a World Cup qualifier 10 years ago, when they triumphed 102-11 in Lisbon.

For Japan, crushed 100-8 by Scotland and defeated away to Romania six days ago, it proved another learning experience.

Wales toyed with their opponents throughout the game. Charvis apart, there was a hat-trick for centre Tom Shanklin, while wing Shane Williams (2), full-back Rhys Williams (2), hooker Mefin Davies, scrum-half Gareth Cooper and prop Gethin Jenkins also touched down.

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Henson’s 28-point haul helped give Wales an effortless send-off into their next game – an enticing RBS 6 Nations Championship opener against world champions England in Cardiff on February 5.

Wales: R. Williams, Luscombe, Henson, Shanklin, S. Williams, Sweeney, Cooper, R. Jones, Owen, Charvis, D. Jones, J. Thomas, Jenkins, Davies, D.
Jones.
Replacements: Morgan for Luscombe (59), Phillips for Cooper (71), Popham for R. Jones (70),M. Williams for D. Jones (59), S. Jones for Davies (56),A.
Jones for D. Jones (27). Not Used: Peel.

Japan: Miki, Kubota, Mukoyama, Motoki, Daimon, Yoshida, Ikeda,M. Yamamoto, Yamoaka, Yamamura, Kiso, Kumagai, Mau, Miuchi, Okubo.
Replacements: Otao for Miki (29), Tanaka for Ikeda (64), M. Yamamoto for Yamoaka (48), Nishiura for Yamamura (71).Not Used: Kubo, Imari.

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