Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves host the Stormers in their second home stadium of Singapore after two weeks on tour in South Africa.
The Stormers are coming off a bye week and will be looking to get back to winning ways. However, they’ve not been blessed on the injury front.
The teams are out on the field. We’ve had some cracking games this weekend and this should be no different. The Sunwolves have surprised many, including the opposition.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
BEEP! We are off in Singapore.
1.00: Sunwolves line-out on the 22.
3.00: Stormers attack after the hosts lose the ball in attack. They win a penalty for not rolling away.
4.00: PENALTY! Robert du Preez makes no mistake from in front.
6.00: TRY Derek Carpenter! The Sunwolves hit back. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi drew the defence and passed to Willem Britz who, with a wonderful dummy and inside pass to release the centre, who strolls in under the posts.
7.00: YELLOW CARD! Rynhardt Elstadt, after a TMO check, is sin-binned for a no-arms tackle; a double blow to the Stormers.
7.00: Jumpei Ogura adds the two.
9.00: The Sunwolves attack again. They are all over the Cape side.
10.00: A knock on by the hosts but, they’re awarded another penalty and will take a shot at goal.
11.00: PENALTY! Ogura extends the lead.
12.00: TRY? Stormers look to have scored but, we are going back to the TMO for a knock-on. What a start to the game.
13.00: NO TRY! Scrum to the home team on their 5.
14.00: Kick-pass inside their in-goal by Sunwolves; it’s razzle-dazzle in Singapore.
15.00: The Sunwolves are dominating the opening exchanges with some enterprising play. Stormers are hanging on.
17.00: TRY! EW Viljoen picks up a loose ball and scores. The move started deep inside the Stormers’ 22. Wow! Senatla got things going before passing to Dillyn Leyds who, made some metres and popped to Dewaldt Duvenage in support.
The scrummie gave an inside ball to JD Shickerling who passed to Robert du Preez. The flyhalf shifted the ball to Chris van Zyl. the lock was tackled near the try-line and, from the ruck, the ball squirted out and Viljoen, with a magic pick-up, collected and crossed the white-wash. Wow!
18.00: Du Preez ties the game with a touch-line conversion. What a game we have here.
20.00: Elstadt is back from the naughty chair. His yellow card wasn’t costly.
21.00: TRY Shota Emi! My word that was awesome. The Sunwolves had a ruck under the posts, scrumhalf Keisuke Uchida passed to the right and Carpenter throws a no-look pass out the back-door to the winger. Emi takes on the cover defence and dives over in the corner. Ogura slots the touch-line conversion.
24.00: TRY Liaki Moli! Sensational from the Sunwolves who are putting the Stormers to the sword in Singapore. It started with a scrum.
The lock forward combined with his boiler room partner, Sam Wykes, who made the initial break in midfield, drew the defender and sent Moli, who beat Siya Kolisi’s cover tackle to score under the poles.
25.00: Ogura can’t miss and the lead is 14 points.
28.00: The Sunwolves are not competing at the breakdown, rather, using the extra men to spread a long line of defenders. The Stormers have possession but, need to start using the ball wisely.
30.00: Sevens king Seabelo Senatla is everywhere. His kick-chase game-plan is keeping the hosts honest and he’s already put in some big D.
31.00: (Why are the Stormers playing in black?) Scrum to the visitors.
34.00: The South Africans are making metres and are deep inside the opposition’s 22.
35.00: TRY ELSTADT! It’s pick-and-go by the visitors and, after a dozen or so phases, they score with a jump over from close range. That’s old school South African rugby.
36.00: Du Preez slots the two and the deficit is cut to a goal.
38.00: Some argy-bargy by Jamie-Jerry Taulagi who pushes Senatla off the ball. Referee speaks to the skipper.
39.00: PENALTY! Du Preez kicks the penalty which was for cynical play.
40.00: Some big hits flying in. Taulagi sees Senatla and tries to run over the wing, there’s clearly some ill-feeling between the two. Kolisi them puts a huge hit in on a Japenese player. It’s all happening.
That was an entertaining first-half, Super Rugby at its best. Time to catch our breaths.
The halftime score was Sunwolves 24 Stormers 20
BEEP! We are back underway.
43.00: TRY! Carpenter gets another. The Sunwolves have a scrum inside their 10. They choose to run and score. All started from a deep scrum and break by Taulagi who drew his man and gave the supporting Kenki Fukuoka a pass. The winger then released Carpenter for the try.
44.00: Ogura makes no mistake.
46.00: The hosts have a scrum inside their 22; will they run?
47.00: Duvenage wins a penalty and the Stormers opt for touch. They have a penalty advantage from the maul. Sunwolves in danger of a card here. Another line-out.
49.00: The visitors lose the ball on the goal-line and counter-attack with a kick chase. It comes to nothing and the Stormers end up, back on the 5 metre for another scrum. Phew!
51.00: Free-kick to Stormers. Derek Carpenter leaves the field and is replaced by Ryohei Yamanaka
53.00: TRY Wilco Louw! A couple of pick-and-drives ends with the tight-head prop dotting down. Du Preez adds the easy two points.
56.00: The game has slowed down somewhat. The players catching their breaths.
58.00: Some fresh legs coming on. Line-out to the visitors but, the Sunwolves steal the ball; the attack is stopped dead with a tackle into touch.
60.00: TRY Dewaldt Duvenage! It was started by Senatla’s break. Robert du Preez took the ball up, running through two challenges before being tackled short of the line. From the ruck, the scrumhalf collected and barged over.
61.00: Du Preez kicks his fourth conversion to give his team a three-point lead.
63.00: Referee Federico Anselmi calls over Ed Quirk to speak about ill-discipline. Penalty to Stormers.
65.00: Stolen line-out by Britz. The doctor is on after Fukuoka is tackled high and Oli Kebble is in trouble.
66.00: YELLOW CARD! Kebble is sent to the bin.
68.00: The Sunwolves counter-attack but, the ball is regathered and kicked out by the Stormers.
69.00: PENALTY! Ogura calls for the kicking tee and levels the scores. Good call to take the points. It’s missed, oh boy. Shokei Kin is back on.
70.00: Duvenage pins the hosts deep in their 22 with a smart kick, they almost score but, lose the ball forward. The Stormers seem to be finishing stronger here.
72.00: The Stormers have possession and are going through the phases.
75.00: Stormers drive a maul across the field and attack inside the opposition’s 22.
76.00: TRY Viljoen! the centre collects a clever chip-kick from Du Preez and scores under the posts.
77.00: Wait, NO Try! But a YELLOW CARD! Shigeno is sent to the bin. It seems there’s confusion.
79.00: TRY Bongi Mbonambi! The hooker scored from close range. Game over. Du Preez can’t add the two.
82.00: TRY Bjorn Basson! The winger collects a cheeky chip-kick to score in the corner. Du Preez misses from wide but, his side gets over the line.
The final score is Sunwolves 31 (24) Stormers 44 (20)
Tries – Carpenter (2), Emi, Moli
Pen – Ogura
Con – Ogura (4)
Cards – Yellow (Shigeno, 77th minute)
Tries – Viljoen, Elstadt, Louw, Duvenage, Mbonambi, Basson
Pen – Du Preez (2)
Con – Du Preez (4)
Cards – Yellow (Elstadt, 7th minute), Yellow (Kebble, 66th minute)
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2: Akihisa Aso
TMO: Minoru Fuji
15 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Shumei Matsuhashi, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Hayden Cripps, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 JD Shickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen (debut), 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Cobus Wiese (Super Rugby debut), 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan du Plessis.