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Japan tour a benefit - Davies

16th June 2013 17:33


Bradley Davies Australia

Brad Davies: Japan tour was a good experience

Wales captain Bradley Davies feels the recent tour to Japan will prove to be a crucial learning curve for his young squad.

With 15 first-choice players and head coach Warren Gatland included in the British and Irish Lions' squad a somewhat depleted Wales travelled to Japan for the two-Test series.

Wales claimed a narrow 22-18 win in the first Test in Osaka before suffering a 23-8 loss in Tokyo on Saturday.

Davies feels the experience will help his inexperienced team-mates in the long run.

"We have just got to take it on the chin and we will learn from this," he said.

"The biggest positive from the tour is that we brought 27 boys away who were very inexperienced and now they have got the experience of Test rugby.

"Hopefully when they are given their chance again in the future, they will know what it's about, what to expect and perform better."

Wales' young side had to play in hot weather conditions in both matches against a Japan side who eventually reaped the rewards of their expansive game-plan.

"I am every impressed with Japan and they are going to have more big victories soon," added Davies.

"They play an entertaining style of rugby to watch, though not so much to play against.

"I didn't think it was possible after the first game [in Osaka] but it felt even hotter in Tokyo. It was tough to play in, but that's not an excuse because we had two weeks to adapt.

"When we had the ball we created a lot of problems for Japan, but at the end of the day they took their chances and we didn't.

"We lost because we didn't take our opportunities, not because of the weather."

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