Wales had to overcome monsoon conditions and stubborn opposition before getting their Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens campaign off to a winning start against Japan.
The newly crowned World champions ran out 14-5 victors but had to come from behind before taking the honours at Hong Kong Stadium.
The Japanese scored first through Kilryong So but the Welsh struck either side of half-time, first through Ifan Evans and then James Lewis. A new look Wales side attempted to spread the ball but the slippery conditions made free-running rugby a lottery.
With 30 points on offer to the Cup winners in Hong Kong, the 24-team event could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the Series.
With only one side guaranteed a place in the Cup quarter finals from each pool, the onus is on every team to score as many points as possible in Hong Kong.
That means Wales must go out first thing tomorrow and rack up the points up against China in their second pool game before facing the in-form English. China were walloped 54-0 today by England and Paul John's side are fully aware the red rose army pose a major obstacle if they are to progress to the knock-out stages.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.