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Japan 26-23 Italy
Japan extend wining run to ten Tests
ESPN Staff
June 21, 2014
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Date/Time: Jun 21, 2014, 14:00 local, 05:00 GMT
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
Japan 26 - 23 Italy
Attendance: 13816  Half-time: 13 - 13
Tries: Sa'u, Yamada
Cons: Goromaru 2
Pens: Goromaru 4
Tries: Barbieri, Penalty
Cons: Allan, Orquera
Pens: Orquera 3
Japan and Italy in action  during the home side's 26-23 win, Japan v Italy, Tokyo, June 21, 2014

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Italy, stung by defeat by Samoa last week, were again beaten, going down 26-23 to Japan in Tokoyo, a result which leaves them still looking for their first win in 2014.

There was little in the game throughout, and the teams were level at 13-13 at the break. The key score came around the hour when Male Sa'u's try for Japan to put his side 26-16 ahead.

Italy pressed hard in the final minutes and were rewarded when Robert Barbieri went over but it came too late.

Ayumu Goromaru kicked four penalties and a conversion for Japan.

It was Japan's first win over the Italians and their tenth on the trot in Tests.

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