Saturday, October 9, 1999 Published at 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK
Wales run free
Captain Rob Howley makes another impressive break from the Japan defence
Wales 64-15 Japan
Neil Jenkins equalled rugby's all-time points scoring record as Wales overcame their stuttering start to the World Cup with an nine-try demolition of pacy Japan.
An element of complacency in the Welsh ranks allowed Japan to score two counter-attacking tries that kept them in touch 26-15 at the interval.
They proceded to crush their Pacific opponents with five second-half tries while conceding not a single point.
The number of tries - and the determination of the Welsh backs to score them under the posts - allowed Neil Jenkins to draw level with Michael Lynagh's all-time points record of 911.
Jenkins contributed 19 points to his side's 65-point total.
But it was captain Rob Howley who did most to rejuvenate the Welsh side.
His inspirational running and quick-handling spread through the ranks from the kick-off.
Neil Jenkins, whose kicking had been a little ragged against the Pumas, fired over the first of eight conversions.
Howley showed all his quick-wittedness when he dummied to pass inside and then muscled his way into the corner for Wales' second just five minutes later.
Wales relaxed but and Japanese right-wing Daisuke Ohata punished their complacency. He showed a fine burst of pace to race past the back-pedalling Welsh cover for the score.
Wales knuckled down again were awarded a penalty try before Howley created the pick of the Welsh scores to give the home side a 24-7 lead.
But Japan, with a small but vociferous support in Cardiff, refused to give in.
Right winger Ohata was again the thorn in Wales' side as he released Patiliai Tuidraki in the corner for Japan's second try to keep Japan in touch.
But Wales emerged from the break in more ruthless form.
Tries from Scott Gibbs, Howarth and a second for Taylor put Wales 50-15 ahead on the hour mark and allowed Henry to make a number of substitutions - among them Howley going off for David Llewellyn.
Llewellyn wasted no time scoring his first try for Wales, taking a quick tap-penalty before flinging himself under the posts.
But by then the question on everyone's lips was not the scale of Wales' victory - but whether Jenkins would manage to beat Lynagh's record.
Replacement winger Gareth Thomas thoughtfully cut in from the right flank to take the ball under the posts for Wales' eighth try.
Jenkins duly converted to draw level but despite his team-mates efforts, that was to be his last scoring opportunity.