Lomano Lemeki and Kotaro Matsushima tries take Japan past Italy

Lomano Lemeki and Kotaro Matsushima scored second-half tries to ease Japan to a 34-17 win over Italy in Oita.

The visitors took the lead when Tiziano Pasquali touched down but Amanaki Mafi and Kenki Fukuoka registered tries converted by Yu Tamura, who added a penalty.

Braam Steyn's converted try kept Italy within touching distance at 17-14 at half-time before Tommy Allan split the posts to drag the Azzurri level.

But Tamura re-established Japan's lead soon after and then added the extras when Lemeki and Matsushima crossed the whitewash as the hosts eventually cruised to victory.

Lomano Lemeki and Kotaro Matsushima tries take Japan past Italy

- Press Association

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