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Brumbies beat Sunwolves in Tokyo


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The Sunwolves and the Brumbies have only met once in Super Rugby before and that match ended in a convincing victory for Canberra’s Brumbies who won the match 5-66 away from home.

  • The Brumbies ran out to a 66-5 win in the only previous meeting between these teams back in Round 14, 2016.
  • The Sunwolves will be looking for successive wins in Super Rugby for the first time after ending their 2017 campaign with a 48-21 win against the Blues.
  • The Brumbies have won two of their last three games outside Australia, though were soundly beaten in a 28-10 loss to the Chiefs in their last such fixture.
  • No team missed more tackles per game in Super Rugby 2017 than the Sunwolves (29).
  • David Pocock returns – in his four seasons at the club, he’s never missed more than a single tackle in a game for the Brumbies.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! Paul Williams gets us underway in Tokyo.

3.00: Tom Banks goes close, but he’s held up over the line. Scrum to the Brumbies on the Sunwolves’ 5-metres line.

5.00: The Brumbies win the penalty for not rolling away. The Aussies opt for the shot at goal.

6.00: PENALTY! Christian Lealiifano gives the Australians the lead. 0-3

8.00: The Brumbies are defending inside their 22, but they give away a penalty at the scrum.

9.00: TRY SUNWOLVES! Hosea Saumaki crashes over from a rolling maul; the hosts get the first try of the match. 5-3
10.00: CONVERSION! IT’S GOOD from Ryoto Nakamura. The hosts lead 7-3.
15.00: Robbie Robinson is down after a big tackle on Tevita Kuridrani.
18.00: Wow! The Sunwolves go 20 phases before, nearly, throwing an intercept. Lomano Lava Lemeki was involved four times, carrying with conviction and making metres. BEAST!
19.00: TRY! It came from quick, first phase ball. Lemeki took the first crash ball before Timothy Lafaele crosses the whitewash. 12-3
20.00: CONVERSION! Hayden Parker makes no mistake. 14-3
22.00: TRY? Henry Speight went close but was tackled short. However, Speight looks to have knocked on. No try.
24.00: Robinson’s kick is charged down and the Brumbies attack inside the Sunwolves’ 22.
25.00: TRY! Lachlan Mccaffrey crosses for the Brumbies’ first five-pointer. 14-8
26.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 14-8
28.00: The Sunwolves are dominating possession and playing with tempo and pace. They keep looking for the wide pass to the outside backs but are being shut down. Good game.
29.00: TRY! Saumaki is in for his second after Lafaele beats two defenders before sending the winger away in the left-hand corner. 19-8
30.00: Nakamura can’t add the extras. 19-8
33.00: Big defence by the Sunwolves. Willie Britz has been immense. Everything good is coming from the South African. Scrum to the hosts inside their 22.
35.00: TRY! Kyle Godwin ghosts through. Great movement and line-running by the Aussies. 19-13
36.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the two. 19-15
38.00: The Sunwolves get a penalty for offsides and will kick for touch.
39.00: OH DEAR! Robinson’s pass is knocked forward by fullback Jason Emery with the try-line at his mercy. Big moment in the game.
40.00: The Brumbies run the ball from their 22 but they gift the Sunwolves possession with Godwin’s forward pass.
42.00: Yutaka Nagare knocks on at the base of the ruck.

The half-time score was Sunwolves 19 Brumbies 15

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Tokyo where the Sunwolves lead the Brumbies.
42.00: TRY! Kuridrani collects the ball after it bounced off the post after Nagare’s wild pass. I’ve never seen that before. 19-20
43.00: The conversion puts the Brumbies three points up. 19-22
46.00: The Sunwolves are making some changes.
48.00: Josh Mann-Rea knocks on after a wild pass by Joe Powell.
53.00: TRY! Mann-Rea crosses the whitewash after a driving maul. 19-27
54.00: The conversion is wide but the Brumbies have taken control. 19-27
58.00: It’s all Brumbies, early in the second-half.
60.00: Speight’s clearance is poor, giving the hosts an attacking lineout inside the Brumbies’ 22.
62.00: The Sunwolves are penalised at the lineout, giving away important field position and possession in what will be a tight game.
64.00: The heat, which is not as humid as normal, will have a determining effect on this match.
65.00: The Sunwolves win the scrum-penalty and will take a shot at goal.
66.00: PENALTY! Parker reduces the deficit. 27-22
68.00: TMO! The Brumbies shift the ball wide but the referee is checking for a forward pass by the Brumbies. The on-field decision is a try.
68.00: TRY! Banks is awarded the score. Mccaffrey gets away with what is surely a forward pass. 22-32
69.00: The conversion is missed. 22-32
71.00: The Sunwolves cross the line but are held up. They do, however, get the penalty for an illegal side entry by the Aussies and will kick to the corner.
72.00: The Japanese rolling maul had 12 players but is held up. Scrum to the Brumbies on their 5.
75.00: The Sunwolves lose possession inside the Brumbies’ 22. time is running out for the home team.
78.00: The Brumbies have a scrum on the halfway line with less than 90 seconds remaining. Scrum reset.
80.00: The hooter sounds with the home team playing to a penalty advantage.
82.00: The Sunwolves get the penalty and opt for the posts. It’s not what the home fans want but they can’t win the game, however, they can get a bonus-point.
83.00: PENALTY! Parker can’t miss from in front, but the game is over and the Brumbies get out of jail. 25-32


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The final score is Sunwolves 25 (19) Brumbies 32 (15)


Tries –  Saumaki (2), Lafaele
Pen – Parker (2)
Con – Nakamura, Parker
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Mccaffrey, Godwin, Kuridrani, Mann-Rea, Banks
Pen – Lealiifano
Con – Lealiifano (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
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.

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