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Japan may have maintained its impressive unbeaten record in the Asia Rugby Championship by defeating Hong Kong 29-17 on Saturday, but it was hardly a classic performance.

With the eyes of the rugby world on Japan ahead of next week’s draw in Kyoto for the 2019 World Cup, the Brave Blossoms were made to work quite hard for the bonus-point win at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as the visitors forced the men in red and white into a plethora of errors.

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