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Japan beats Italy in 10th straight win

World Rugby

Tokyo- New Zealand-born Male Sa'u ran in a try midway through the second half on Saturday to lead Japan to a 26-23 win over Italy for its tenth straight test-match win.

Sa'u's converted try gave Japan a 26-16 lead at the Prince Chichibu memorial ground. Robert Barbieri crossed for Italy's only try late to cut the deficit to three but the visitors ran out of time.

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Ayumu Goromaru accounted for 14 points for Japan with four penalties and a conversion.

Saturday's encounter was Japan's only game against a Six Nations side before the 2015 Rugby World Cup where Japan will compete in Pool B against South Africa, Scotland, the United States and Samoa.

Sapa-AP

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