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Brumbies beat Sunwolves in Tokyo

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The Sunwolves have played the Brumbies 4 times in Super rugby since 2016 and the Sunwolves have won all four matches.

The Sunwolves 4 wins out of 4 gives them a record of winning 100% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.

  • The Brumbies have won all four of their previous Super Rugby matches against the Sunwolves, scoring an average of 43 points per game in that span.
  • The Sunwolves have been kept scoreless in the first halves of three of their last four Super Rugby games, only once going on to score more than seven points by full-time in that span.
  • The Brumbies have won their last three Super Rugby games on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession was a four-game streak from May to July in 2016 – which included a 66-5 defeat of the Sunwolves.
  • The Brumbies have conceded just 13 turnovers per game in Super Rugby 2019, the fewest of any team in the competition and four per game fewer than the Sunwolves.
  • Gerhard van den Heever (Sunwolves) has gained 7.2m per carry this Super Rugby season, the most of any player to have made at least 100 carries.

Match detail

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

Hayden Parker kicks off and the match is underway.

1.00:The Brumbies go through a couple of phases and the kick the ball away, the Sunwolves kick the ball back – high – and there is a chase for the ball … Hosea Saumaki gets to the ball and races away to the line and scores ! TRY !

2.00: Hayden Parker slots the conversion.

4.00: Scrum penalty to the Brumbies. They take the line out option and kick for touch.

6.00: The Brumbies win the line out and run the ball across the field where they win another penalty. They will kick to the sideline again.

7.00: The Brumbies win the line again. They go through a couple of phases and when they get past the centre of the field in front of the posts the Sunwolves slow them down and turn the ball over. The Sunwolves kick the ball into touch and into safety.

8.00: The Brumbies win the line out and attack. They suck in a couple of defenders and Irae Simone runs straight into a gap and goes for the line. When he gets to about 5m out he has to pass and gives the ball to Pete Samu who scores. TRY! 

10.00: Christian Lealiifano adds the conversion to level the scores.

15.00: The Sunwolves try to run the ball out of their 22 but they knock on which gives the ball to the Brumbies. After a couple of phases on the 22m line the Brumbies concede a penalty for not releasing in the ruck after a knock on. The Sunwolves kick for touch.

18.00: The Sunwolves win the line out but then knock on which gives the Brumbies a scrum.

20.00; The Brumbies work the ball to the Sunwolves 5m line. Powell clears the ball from the ruck to Irae Simone who runs through a gap and scores. TRY! 

21.00: Lealiifano adds the conversion. Brumbies lead.

28.00: The Brumbies go through the motions and out of what seems to be nothing Lealiifano chips the ball across the field. The ball goes to Henry Speight who offloads to  Tevita Kuridrani who makes some ground but is then tackled. As he goes down the ball is offloaded to Tom Banks who scores. TRY! 

30.00: Lealiifano adds the conversion. Brumbies lead 7-21.

33.00; The Sunwolves get the ball inside the Brumbies half. Nothing is on but Semisi Masirewa crashes through one tackle and gets some pace going. He hands off two more tackles on his way to the line and scores TRY!

35.00; Hayden Parker misses the conversion. 12-21.

40.00; The siren sounds but the Sunwolves were playing with the advantage. The whistle goes for the penalty. Hayden Parker will kick to the corner – he misses touch – the Brumbies kick it out and end the half.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Sunwolves 12 Brumbies 21

Lealiifano kicks off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Brumbies concede a penalty almost immediately so the Sunwolves take the line out and kick for touch.

43.00: The Sunwolves drive the ball up in the Brumbies half. The Brumbies defend and a ruck forms but the ball goes dead. Brumbies scrum.

47.00: Penalty on the half way line to the Brumbies. Tom Banks kicks for touch and sets up the line out on the 5m line.

48.00: The Brumbies win the line out and form a rolling maul. It twists and turns but drives over the line and Connal Mcinerney scores. TRY! Almost the whole team joined in. 

49.00; Lealiifano slots the conversion – 12-28.

50.00: Almost from the restart Semisi Masirewa gets the ball – he slices through the Brumbies with fancy footwork. When he gets caught he offloads to Jamie Booth who scores. TRY! 

52.00: Parker adds the conversion. 19-28.

56.00: The Brumbies work the ball through 10 phases and they get into the Sunwolves 22.  They keep the ball moving through the phases and win a penalty. Banks kicks to the corner.

58.00: The Brumbies repeat the rolling maul just as they did before and Mcinerney again. TRY!

59.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion kick again. He nails it. 19-35.

63.00: The Sunwolves win a line out on the 5m line. They set up a rolling maul and as the Brumbies did the backs join in. The maul goes over the line but they are held up. Brumbies 5m scrum.

65.00: The Brumbies win a penalty from the scrum despite a big shove from the Sunwolves. The Brumbies kick for touch. Banks however fails to find touch so the Sunwolves counter attack.

68.00: Penalty to the Brumbies near the half way line from the ruck. Powell got his hands to the ball. Banks kicks for touch.

70.00: The Brumbies set up the line out and drive the maul over the line again. Again Mcinerney scores. It’s a hat trick TRY! 

72.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion kick and nails it. 19-42.

75.00: The Sunwolves chase a kick behind the Brumbies tryline and they get to it but not before Banks got the ball down to score. 22 drop out.

76.00: The Brumbies almost get away to score a seventh try but they were offside. The Sunwolves have a penalty. Parker kicks for touch.

78.00: The Brumbies win a penalty and kick for touch to set up a line out. The ball finds the line but near the 22m line. The Brumbies win the line out but the Sunwolves turn it over and win a penalty. They take it quickly and get to the half way line but that is where they are stopped.

80.00; The Brumbies win a scrum as the siren sounds. They kick the ball out to end the match.

The Brumbies have won.

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The full time score is Sunwolves 19 (12) Brumbies 42 (21)

Scorers

Sunwolves
Tries – H. Saumaki, S.Masirewa, J.Booth
Pen –
Con – H.Parker 2
Drop –
Cards –

Brumbies
Tries – P.Samu, I.Simone, T.Banks, C.Mcinerney 3
Pen –
Con – C.Leallifano 5
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Shuhei Kubo
TMO :Minoru Fuji

Teams

Sunwolves

15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker (c), 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Kara Pryor,, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Nathan Vella, 1 Alex Woonton

Replacements 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Timothy Lafaele.

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements 16 Connal Mcinerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Rob Valentini, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright.

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