Super Rugby

Reds beat Sunwolves in Brisbane




The Reds have played the Sunwolves four times in Super Rugby since 2016, Queensland have won three matches and lost once.

The Queensland Reds’ three wins out of four matches give them a record of winning 75% against the Sunwolves regardless of venue.

  • The Reds have won three of their four Super Rugby clashes with the Sunwolves, a 28-63 loss in May 2018 representing their only defeat in that run.
  • The Reds’ last seven home games have all been decided by double-figure margins, with the Queensland side winning four and losing three in that spell.
  • The Sunwolves have won two of their four away games this season (L2), this after losing their initial 23 games on the road in Super Rugby.
  • The Sunwolves enjoy a goal-kicking success rate of 94% in Super Rugby 2019, the best of any team in the competition and 14 percentage points greater than that of the Reds.
  • Samu Kerevi (Reds) has beaten 40 defenders in Super Rugby 2019, the most of any player and seven more than Sunwolves’ best Semisi Masirewa (33).

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

3.00: Some sustained pressure in the early exchanges, leads to a Sunwolves penalty. Hayden Parker calls for the tee.

4.00: PENALTY! Parker, kicking at 94% this season, puts his side on the board. 0-3

6.00: Good defending by the Sunwolves, they win the turnover – on their goal-line – and clear after winning a penalty.

8.00: The Reds give away possession, the Sunwolves counter-attack and win a penalty. Parker calls for the tee.

10.00: PENALTY! Parker, who scored 34 points in the win over the Reds in 2018, doubles the lead. 0-6

12.00: Both captains being called over by Angus Gardner, who is not happy with the cynical play by the sides. He’s not happy with the nature of the ruck contest and the offsides by the players.

13.00: PENALTY! Bryce Hegarty knocks over a penalty to halve the deficit. 3-6

15.00: TRY! Hegarty finishes in the corner after Scott Higginbotham’s break at halfway. The number eight snatched a wayward throw and raced away down the field. Hegarty, in support, collected the pop-pass and sped clear to score. 8-6

16.00: MISS! Hegarty cannot add the extras. 8-6

17.00: LET OFF! Semisi Masirewa breaks after Tate McDermott’s missed tackle, but Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco knocks on.

18.00: The Reds get the penalty after Hiroshi Yamashita collapses the set-piece. Hegarty clears.

19.00: A five-man lineout is botched by the home team. Alex Mafi and his jumpers were not on the same page. The Japanese opt for a scrum.

20.00: TRY! Great vision from Parker, he sees Hamish Stewart had joined the line, so the standoff put in a grubber for Gerhard Van Den Heever to chase. The former Bulls and Stormers’ player collects the kick and dots down in the corner. 8-11

22.00: CONVERSION! Parker slots the touchline kick. 8-13

24.00: YELLOW CARD! Masataka Mikami is sent to the bin. A mistake in midfield by the Sunwolves proves costly. Stewart breaks into the 22, the ball was sent to Samu Kerevi, who went close. However, the prop came in from the side and is sent to the naughty step. 8-13

25.00: Queensland opts for a scrum, forcing the Tony Brown’s side to shuffle their pack, and reduce the numbers in the backline.

26.00: Pauliasi Manu comes on for Mikami and Masirewa leaves the field. The Reds get another penalty, and they want another scrum.

27.00: Hendrik Tui is lucky to not be shown a yellow for not supporting his body-weight. The Sunwolves are under the pump, giving away cynical penalties as they try to stop the maroon wave. The next man will go to the bin.

28.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The Sunwolves dominate their opposition, winning the scrum-penalty. That is huge! Yamashita dominated Harry Hoopert after the second shove.

32.00: Both sides are playing for territory, however, the visitors don’t mind a quick-throw form deep. It sets up another lineout, from which Parker clears.

35.00: Mikami and Masirewa return to the field. The Sunwolves did superbly well not to concede any points while down a player.

36.00: YELLOW CARD! Masirewa is sent to the bin for cynical play. Jock Campbell intercepted a wayward pass and raced away to the 22. Masirewa chased him down from the opposite wing but was off his feet after he made the tackle. 8-13

37.00: OH DEAR! Taniela Tupou gives away a penalty at the scrum. Parker clears to his 10m. That is disappointing by the Reds, the second time they have lost a penalty from an attacking scrum while up a man.

39.00: The Sunwolves give away another penalty; their eighth of the half. Hegarty kicks to the 22.

40.00: Excellent from the Sunwolves. Kara Pryor got his hand on the ball and held up a poor rolling maul. That’s why Queensland did not want to kick to touch in the previous series after yellow cards.

41.00: Parker, using his left foot, bangs the ball into the stands.

The halftime score was Reds 8 Sunwolves 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Brisbane. Hoopert, immediately after the restart, gives away a penalty for not releasing after the tackle.

43.00: TRY! Tupou crashes over from close range to level the scores. 13-all

44.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty makes no mistake, putting the Reds back in front. 15-13

47.00: PENALTY! Parker’s kick gives his side the lead, again. 15-16

49.00: Another high tackle by the Sunwolves, the ref goes to the TMO to check if it was a foul on Campbell.

50.00: RED CARD! Masiwera cannot escape the TMO; the winger receives a second yellow card. He’s off for the remainder of the game. 15-16

51.00: TRY! Hegarty looks up, spots Sefa Naivalu free on the touchline, and puts a cross-kick for the wing to collect and score. 20-16

52.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty adds the extras. 22-16

55.00: The Reds need to be patient, they keep giving away good attacking platforms.

58.00: The Sunwolves concede a penalty at the breakdown. Hegarty calls for the tee.

59.00: PENALTY! The standoff has been outstanding, tonight. He knocks over the three to extend his side’s lead. 25-16

60.00: Superb from Tui, who wins a penalty after the restart. Not surprisingly, Parker will take a shot at goal.

61.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf reduces the gap. 25-19

63.00: a knock on by JP Smith kills another attack. The Reds need to be patient, we are at the stage where the Sunwolves – historically – lose their way. Their legs will start to tire, especially after playing with 14 men for most of the contest.

64.00: Another warning by Mr Gardner for multiple infringements. It won’t be long until we see another yellow.

65.00: NO TRY! Brandon Paenga-Amosa crawls over the whitewash, but the TMO adjudged that he was tackled short, his knee hit the ground before he got up. It is a double movement: NO TRY! 25-19

66.00: TRY! Intercept by Van den Heever gives the Sunwolves a chance. Stewart did not see the winger, floated a pass and he was away. 25-24

67.00: CONVERSION! Parker puts the tourists back in front. 25-26

70.00: YELLOW CARD! Yu Tamura is offsides; he is off. 25-26

71.00: TRY! The Reds power their way over the try-line. It was a superbly executed rolling maul, using about 12 men as they drove over the whitewash. Paenga-Amosa gets up with the ball after earlier being denied. 30-26

73.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty slots the kick from in front. 32-26

75.00: The Sunwolves are camped inside the Reds’ 22. They look dangerous.

76.00: RED CARD! Harry Hockings is sent off for striking a player’s head with his boot. Vosayaco is also yellow-carded for holding Hockings’ leg. Both are off. 32-26

77.00: Parker kicks to the corner.

79.00: BIG DEFENCE! The Reds are hanging on. They win another turnover, and that should be that. The Sunwolves have been brave, but their glut of cards will see them lose this contest.

80.00: The ball is hoofed into touch; the Reds win. What a bizarre game.


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The final score is Reds 32 (8) Sunwolves 26 (13)


Tries – Hegarty, Tupou, Naivalu, Paenga-Amosa
Pen – Hegarty (2)
Con – Hegarty (3)
Drop –
Cards – Hockings (Red, 76′)

Tries – Van Den Heever (2)
Pen – Parker (4)
Con – Parker
Drop –
Cards – Mikami (Yellow, 24′), Masiwera (Yellow, 36′; Yellow, 49′ – RED), Tamura (Yellow, 70′), Vosayaco (Yellow, 76′)

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Damon Murphy
TMO: Ian Smith



15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert.

Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Seb Wileman.


15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Luke Thompson (captain), 4 Grant Hattingh, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Tom Rowe, 20 Ben Gunter, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie Henry.

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