Wales try to break out close to their own tryline against Japan in their opening pool clash in Hong Kong.
It was a case of mission accomplished for Wales in their first pool game of the Hong Kong Sevens, but they were given a huge fright by the fast improving Japan side.
Japan led 10-5 at the break but a converted try by Alex Cuthbert proved the difference as Wales began their campaign with a 12-10 victory.
Wales leaked two tries in the first spell with Kilryong So and Kenji Shomen darting over for the Asian side with Wales's only reply coming via Rhys Shellard who caught Japan on the hop when he scored in the first minute.
Staring a shock defeat in the face, the Welsh defence tightened up in the second half and squeezed the life out of Japan before Cuthbert raced over in the third minute to level matters. Aaron Bramwell edged Wales in front with the conversion and Paul John's men were able to withstand the Japanese onslaught to reach day two unbeaten.
All eyes will now be on the remaining two pool matches tomorrow as only the two best runners-up qualify for the Cup quarter finals.
England, champions of 2002 and 2006, got their challenge off to a flying start against Hong Kong with a 45-0 rout so Wales will have to match that avalanche of points and beat England to guarantee safe passage through to the knockout stages on Sunday.
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.