Super Rugby

Sunwolves beat Stormers in Hong Kong




The Sunwolves are back in action this weekend after beating the Reds at home in Tokyo last weekend and in doing so earning their first win of the season.

The Sunwolves host the Stormers in Hong Kong this weekend and this will be the fifth time that these teams have met.

  • The Stormers are undefeated in their four previous meetings with the Sunwolves (W3, D1), including a 52-15 win when they last met – the biggest win in the short history of the fixture.
  • The Sunwolves will be hunting for back-to-back Super Rugby triumphs for the first time after blowing away the Reds 63-28 in Round 13, their biggest ever win in the competition.
  • The Stormers have lost their last six games outside South Africa; the last time they won outside their home nation was in Round 5, 2017 against the Sunwolves.
  • The Japanese club have a line-out success rate of just 82% this campaign, the lowest of any team in the competition.
  • Damian de Allende has made 143 carries this campaign, the second most of any player and the most of any back, while only Akira Ioane (55) has beaten more defenders than the Stormers centre (48).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The Sunwolves kick off and the match is underway.

3.00: The Sunwolves push the Stormers back into their 22. The Sunwolves concede a penalty at the scrum so the Stormers clear the ball.

5.00: The Stormers break out down the wing from inside their half and race away.  Dillyn Leyds gets to the corner and puts the ball down in the tackle. The TMO will review it. It’s very close as he looked like he could have been short but the TRY is awarded.

7.00: Jean-Luc du Plessis takes the conversion kick from the touchline but misses.

11.00; The Stormers win another penalty from the scrum. They clear the ball into touch for the line out just inside the Sunwolves half.

12.00: The line out is a mess and the ball goes back into touch. The Sunwolves win the line out and run the ball into the Stormers half. They get pressed back into their half but then recover and start to attack again from their half.

14.00: Hayden Parker boots the ball for touch and it goes out off a Stormers player 5m out. Sunwolves line out 10m out.

15.00: The ball is knocked on at the line out. The Stormers win another penalty from the scrum so they kick upfield.

17.00: The Sunwolves win a line out on their throw. They run the ball and then kick. The Stormers get the ball and kick it back to the Sunwolves who kick it back and into touch.

The game is paused for a water break.

The match resumes. The Stormers win the ball and kick upfield.

20.00: The Sunwolves make a mess of their line out. They regain the ball and pass it across the field but JJ Engelbrecht intercepts the ball and races away to score. TRY!

21.00:  Jean-Luc du Plessis adds the conversion.

23.00: Fumiaki Tanaka makes a break and gets the Sunwolves ahead of the Stormers defence. They keep the ball moving as the Stormers scramble and after two passes Hayden Parker gets the ball and scores under the posts. TRY!

24.00: Parker adds the conversion.

28.00: The Stormers push the Sunwolves back into their half but as they get to the 22 the Sunwolves turn the ball over and kick it into touch.

30.00: The Stormers win a line out and kick into the Sunwolves 22. Kotaro Matsushima is there to receive the ball so he takes the mark.  Matsushima kicks to the Stormers who continue their attack.

31.00: The ball is chipped ahead and Leyds chases the ball and might have got to it behind the tryline. The TMO checks and awards the TRY!

32.00: Du Plessis misses the conversion.

36.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves on the Stormers 22. The Sunwolves will have a shot at goal.

37.00: Parker lines up the kick and he nails it.

39.00: The Sunwolves turn the ball over and get the overlap. They go wide but the pass is lost and knocked on.

40.00: The whistle goes for half time. It is half time.

The half time score was Sunwolves 10 Stormers 17

The Stormers kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Sunwolves make a pacy start to the second half but the Stormers manage to contain them.

42.00: The Stormers get the ball into the Sunwolves 22 but take the ball into touch.

44.00: The Sunwolves win a line out on their 5m line and kick for touch but only find it on thee 22m line. The Stormers lose the ball forward at the line out.

47.00: The Sunwolves go through thee phases working the ball towards the Stormers tryline. They get to about 10m out but then lose the ball forward.

49.00: The Stormers win the scrum and clear the ball into touch. They get called back for a penalty. The Stormers kick for touch and the line out.

53.00: The Stormers run the ball across the field but get slowed by the Sunwolves. They recycle and Du Plessis boots the ball into touch.

55.00: The Sunwolves get the ball on attack just inside their half. They keep the ball moving as they pass the ball from player to player. The final pass goes to Grant Hattingh who has to reach for the ball but controls it and goes over to score. TRY!

57.00: Parker adds the conversion.

Water break.

58.00: The game resumes.

60.00: The Sunwolves want to play at pace. They win a line out in their 22 and run it into the Stormers half. The Stormers are starting to fall off tackles.

63.00. The Sunwolves win a penalty inside the Stormers 22. They will have a shot at the posts.

64.00: Parker slots the penalty and the Sunwolves are in front.

68.00: The Stormers have moved Leyds to fly half in order to change their attack.

69.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Stormers. They will have a shot at posts.

70.00: SP Marais slots the penalty and levels the scores.

71.00: The Sunwolves want this. They press the Stormers back to their 5m line and look likely to score but then knock on.

73.00: The Sunwolves are caught offside after a line out so the Stormers have a penalty. SP Marais lines up from about 55m out. He nails it. The Stormers lead again.

77.00: The Stormers are keeping the Sunwolves pinned back in their half. The Sunwolves are keeping the ball alive but in their half. They make some ground and get into the Stormers half but then the Stormers turn the ball over.

78.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves inside the Stormers half.

79.00: Parker will kick for posts and a draw. Parker nails it.

81.00: The Stormers have the ball and are going through the phases and are playing for the penalty.

82.00: The Stormers continue to go through the phases. The Sunwolves turn the ball over and run it into the Stormers half.

Parker goes for the drop goal…… he nails it and the Sunwolves have won!!

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The full time score is Sunwolves 26 (10) Stormers 23 (17)


Tries -H. Parker, G.Hattingh,
Pen – H.Parker 3
Con -H.Parker 2
Drop – H.Parker
Cards –

Tries – D.Leyds 2, JJ Engelbrecht
Pen – SP Marais 2
Con – J-L du Plessis
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2: Tasuku Kawara
TMO: Minoru Fuji



15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Edward Quirk (captain), 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Shintaro Ishihara

Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Craig Millar, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery


15 SP Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 EW Viljoen.

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