Wales v Japan: Scott Baldwin wants revenge for 'bittersweet' debut

Scott Baldwin
Scott Baldwin began his career with Bridgend and has been an Osprey since 2009
Under Armour Series: Wales v Japan
Date: Saturday, 19 November Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Scott Baldwin is hoping for revenge against Japan three years after his "bittersweet" Wales debut against them.

The 28-year-old Ospreys hooker was a replacement in 2013 when Wales were beaten 23-8 in Tokyo.

Baldwin wins his 27th cap against Japan on Saturday - one of 10 changes from the 24-20 win over Argentina.

"Three minutes off the bench for my first cap but to lose to Japan, it was depression and elation all in one," he said.

"It was bittersweet. Nice to get a first cap but never nice to lose - especially to a team which we had never lost to before."

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Baldwin will renew an old rivalry with Japan hooker Shota Horiem at the Principality Stadium.

The pair played against each other at under-20 level.

"I played tight-head that day, and him and his brother were playing two and three," Baldwin recalled.

"The college lost, but there wasn't much in it considering we were a college side and they were a full under 20s international side.

"It'll be nice to go up against him this weekend. I'm not sure whether he'll remember me, but hopefully I can introduce myself this weekend!"

Wales' 2016 autumn internationals
3 NovemberLost 8-32 to Australia
12 NovemberBeat Argentina 24-20
19 NovemberJapan
26 NovemberSouth Africa

Japan's beat Georgia 28-22 on 12 November, but were out-powered in the pack and they have recalled their most experienced prop Kensuke Hatakeyama to face Wales.

Baldwin believes Wales can gain the upper hand in the set-pieces.

"Sam [Warburton] and the coaches have put it on us this weekend to get some dominance up front, then look to play when it's on, but first and foremost we've got to nail our set-piece," he said.

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