Super Rugby

Sunwolves v Force Rd.11 Super Rugby Preview




Super Rugby kicks off in Round 11 on Saturday in Tokyo where the Sunwolves host Australia’s Western Force.

This will be the first ever Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Sunwolves so they have no history.

The Sunwolves had a bye last week but the week before that they beat the Jaguares in Tokyo.

The Force were beaten 20-42 at home in Perth by the Bulls last week and that was their seventh straight loss.

These two teams are placed 16th (Sunwolves) and 17th (Force) in the overall standings on points and they both have one victory each this season.

The Force have played four matches away from home this season and they have won one. Their only victory was away from home.

The Sunwolves have played five matches at home (three in Tokyo and two in Singapore) and their only victory was at home.

The Force have made four changes for this match and Kyle Godwin will make his first start since Round One when the Force played the Rebels in Melbourne.

In the other changes to the starting line-up Guy Millar comes into the side at tighthead, Ross Haylett-Petty comes into the second row while Byrnard Stander will start at blindside flanker.

Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has made some minor rotations to his squad for this match and he has been able to bring back the team’s top tryscorer Akihito Yamada.

Faatiga Lemalu and John Stewart have both been included in the starting line up for the first time.

So far this season the Sunwolves have only played one match against an Australian side and at 9-35 it was one of their biggest loses.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. This should be a tight match with the Force’s experience giving them a slight edge. The Force should edge the Sunwolves by a point.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 2.

Average score: N/A

No results

Match No.81:Sunwolves v Force
Date : Saturday 7 May 2016
Venue : Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick Off local: 14:15 local
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO :Takashi Hareda



15 Riaan Viljoen, 14. Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9. Kaito Shigeno 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6. Liaki Moli, 5. Fa’ Atiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Masataka Mikami

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19. Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea

Western Force

1 Francois Van Wyk, 2 Harry Scoble, 3 Guy Millar, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Byrnard Stander, 7 Matt Hodgson ©, 8 Ben McCalman, 9 Alby Mathewson, 10 Ian Prior, 11 Luke Morahan, 12 Kyle Godwin, 13 Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea, 14 Marcel Brache, 15 Dane Haylett – Petty,

Replacements : 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Sitiveni (Stevie) Mafi, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Semisi Masirewa


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