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Toshiba Brave Lupus hung on by their skin of their teeth to open their 2016-17 Top League campaign with a 22-19 win over Kubota Spears on Saturday night.

Last season’s runners-up seemed to have the game sewn up when Keisuke Masuda went over in the 73rd minute at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the center adding to two earlier efforts from Hisayoshi Matsuoka.

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