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.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series