The Brumbies came from behind, in the second-half, to defeat the Sunwolves 25-32 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.
The Australian overturned a 19-15 first-half deficit to open their 2018 Super Rugby account.
This was no classic. However, the Sunwolves, arguably, had the better of the game, dominating the opening 40 minutes before tailing off in the second-half.
The Brumbies will be relieved to get out of Japan with a win. Willie Britz and Lomano Lava Lemeki starred for the home team.
Hosea Saumaki grabbed a brace, but it was not enough for the Sunwolves as the Brumbies outscored them 17-6 in the second stanza after leading by four at the break.
The Australians outscored their hosts, five tries to three, but the Sunwolves got a last-play bonus-point when Hayden Parker kicked his second penalty.
The home team started better, scoring three tries to two before the break to lead 19-15.
Christian Lealiifano opened the scoring with an early penalty before Saumaki and Lemeki gave the hosts a 14-3, lead inside the first quarter.
Everything good for the Sunwolves came through Britz and Lemeki. Both carried with conviction. The South African was a colossus in the tight phases.
Britz was everywhere, while winger Lemeki, saw more ball in the outside channels, than the Aussie outside backs.
However, the Australians kept themselves in the game when
A bizarre moment, early in the second-half, led to Tevita Kuridrani’s try.
Final score: Sunwolves 25 (19) Brumbies 32 (15)
Tries – Saumaki (2), Lafaele
Pen – Parker (2)
Con – Nakamura, Parker
Tries – Mccaffrey, Godwin, Kuridrani, Mann-Rea, Banks
Pen – Lealiifano
Con – Lealiifano (2)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)
Sunwolves: 15 Jason Emery, 14 Lomano Lava Lemeki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Robbie Robinson, 9 Yutaka Nagare (captain), 8 Willem Britz, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Kazuki Himeno, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Ho Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 James Moore, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Sione Teaupa.
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Lausii Taliauli.