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The second Super Rugby match in Round 13 this week is also the first of six on Saturday and is in Brisbane where the Reds host the Sunwolves.

This will be the first time in Super Rugby history that the Sunwolves will be playing on Australian soil and also the first meeting between the teams.

The Reds have played 11 matches this season and they have won two matches, drawn one and lost 8.

In comparison the Sunwolves have played 10 matches won one, drawn one and lost 8 as well. The Sunwolves do however have Super Rugby’s leading try scorer Akihito Yamada.

Last week the Sunwolves almost pulled off what would have been a famous victory but in the end they drew 17 with the Stormers.

The Reds lost to the Hurricanes and the week earlier they lost to the Crusaders so they have had a tough couple of weeks in the run up to this match.

The Reds have named a team with one change to the side that lost to the Hurricanes. Notably Japanese internationals Ayumu Goroma and Hendrik Tui have both been included in the starting line up. This means that they will be on the same field as they Japanese team mates for the first time since last year’s Rugby World Cup.

The only change to the line up is the return of former Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville with Ben Matwijow shifting to the bench as a result.

The Sunwolves have named an unchanged team after they drew with the Stormers in Singapore. The only change to the match day squad is the return of front rower Keita Inagaki who comes on to the Replacements bench for the first time in six weeks.

Inagaki’s return to the bench means that Ziun Gu is the only player from last week who is not included this week.

Harumichi Tatekawa retains the captaincy for a second week running which keeps squad captain Shota Horie on the replacements bench.

The Reds have played five matches at home this season and both of their victories have been in Brisbane. The Sunwolves have never won or drawn away from home.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves an 18 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. We don’t agree with the bookies on this one at all. We think the Reds will win but not by as much. The Reds should win this by 6.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: N/A

No results

Match No.95: Reds v Sunwolves
Date : Saturday 21 May 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 15:05 local
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Nic Berry
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Curtis Browning , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Campbell Magnay , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Ayumu Goromaru

Replacements 16. Matt Mafi , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Michael Gunn , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Duncan Paia’aua , 23. Junior Laloifi

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14. Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (c) , 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9. Atsushi Hiwasa,. 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6. Liaki Moli, 5. Fa’ Atiga Lemalu, 4. Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2. Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami

Replacements: 16.Shota Horie, 17. Keita Inagaki , 18 Takuma Asahara, 19. Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21. Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea

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