Super Rugby

Cheetahs beat Sunwolves in Singapore




Super Rugby makes history in Saturday’s third match as it will be the first ever Super Rugby match to be played in Singapore and is between the Sunwolves and the Cheetahs.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Sunwolves kick off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Cheetahs win the ball and try to run it. They do however knock on so the Sunwolves have a scrum on the half way line.

2.00: The Sunwolves win the scrum and run the ball. They go through three phases and Akihito Yamada steps inside and then out and races for the line to score ! TRY!

5.00: Tusi Pisi slots the conversion.

7.00: The Sunwolves concede a penalty so Niel Marais will have a shot at goal. He nails it and the Cheetahs are on the board.

7.00: Pisi makes a mess of the restart so there will be a scrum.

9.00: Another penalty to the Cheetahs. Marais lines up the kick and nails it.

12.00: Penalty to the Sunwolves. They try the cross kick – it works wonderfully and Yamada dodges one again and races for the line and scores ! TRY ! The TMO confirms. IT’s a TRY. Great variation.

14.00: Tusi adds the conversion from outwide.

17.00: The Cheetahs concede another penalty. This time they kick for touch.

19.00: The Sunwolves scrum powers through the Cheetahs scrum. The Cheetahs control  the ball and then knock on. The Sunwolves win the next scrum and go through the phases on attack.

22.00: There is a break in play as a Cheetahs player is down following a tackle. The game resumes.

23.00: The Cheetahs get the ball in broken play, Neil Marais grubbers the ball ahead and chases. He stumbles over the line but gets a hand to it and scores. TRY!

25.00: Marais adds the conversion.

28.00: The Cheetahs earns a penalty, they take it quickly and Shaun Venter races down the wing, he doesnt pass the ball despite there being two players in support and then fumbles the ball.

33.00: The Sunwolves go through the phases and almost out of nothing Tusi Pisi creates another opening and Yamada goes over for a hat trick TRY under the posts.

35.00: Pisi adds the conversion.

37.00: The Sunwolves have a scrum in the Cheetahs half. They win a free kick for pre-engagement so they tap the ball and run.

38.00: The Sunwolves work the ball up to the Cheetahs 5m line. Shota Horie twists his way through a tackle and scores the fourth Sunwolves TRY!

39.00: Pisi adds the conversion.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. It is half time.

The half time score was Sunwolves 28 Cheetahs 13

The second half is underway.

The Cheetahs have made changes. There is a new front row and also at the back as Sias Ebersohn has been replaced by Zeilinga.

42.00: Penalty against Boom Prinsloo so the Sunwolves have a shot at goal. Pisi takes the shot and nails it.

44.00: Broken play from both sides but Uzair Cassiem gets the ball and runs for the line without being touched and scores. TRY!

45.00: Marais adds the conversion.

50.00: Riaan Viljoen goes off for a concussion test. There is some confusion with the replacement which holds up the match.

53.00: Marais gets the ball on attack for the Cheetahs and powers through a tackle and scores his second TRY!

54.00 Marais adds the conversion.

57.00: Raymond Rhule goes to charge down a kick but tackles Tusi Pisi with his shoulder. He is fortunate not to be carded. We play on.

60.00: Penalty against Boom Prinsloo again. The Sunwolves will kick for posts. Yu Tamura takes the kick. He misses.

64.00: Sergeal Petersen almost gets through for the Cheetahs but the ball is kept alive. The Cheetahs press at the line. They go through 8 phases. No try but a penalty. 5m scrum.

67.00: The scrum battle to complete. The Cheetahs eventually get the ball out and after a couple of phases Francois Uys crawls to the line but is stopped short. The Cheetahs recycle and win a penalty. The choose the line out.

70.00: The Cheetahs win the line 0ut and drive for the line but they are held out. Edward Quirk is shown a yellow card.  The Cheetahs win the line out and drive over the line and Boom Prinsloo scores. TRY. For the first time the Cheetahs lead.

72.00: Marais hits the post with the conversion.

76.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. They kick for touch. They win the line out but the ball is slow.

78.00: A maul is formed and the Cheetahs win a penalty as the Sunwolves are judged to have brought the maul down.

79.00: The Cheetahs win the scrum and the Cheetahs kick for touch. Thats it.

The Cheetahs win.

The final score is Sunwolves 31 (28) Cheetahs 32 (13)


Tries – A.Yamada 3, S.Horie
Pen – T.Pisi
Con – T.Pisi 4
Drop –
Cards – E. Quirk (71st min yellow)

Tries – N.Marais 2,U.Cassiem, B.Prinsloo
Pen – N.Marais 2
Con – N.Marais 3
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO :Takashi Hareda



15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Timothy Vond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Keith Inagaki.

Replacements : 16.Takeshi Kizu,17. Masataka Mikami,18. Takuma Asahara , 19.Shinya Makabe, 20.Yoshiya Hosoda, 21, Kaito Shigeno, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23. Mifiposeti Paea


1. Ox Nche , 2. Jacques du Toit , 3. Johan Coetzee , 4. Carl Wegner , 5. Francois Uys (vc) , 6. Paul Schoeman , 7. Uzair Cassiem , 8. Henco Venter , 9. Shaun Venter , 10. Neil Marais , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. William Small-Smith , 13. Francois Venter (C) , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 15. Sias Ebersohn

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 17. Charles Marais , 18. Maks van Dyk , 19. Reniel Hugo , 20. Hilton Lobberts , 21. Boom Prinsloo , 22. Tian Meyer , 23. Fred Zeilinga

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