Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat Sunwolves in Tokyo




The Sunwolves have played the Hurricanes twice in Super Rugby since 2017 and the Sunwolves have lost both matches.

This weekend the match will be played in Tokyo which is home for the Sunwolves and the venue where the teams have met just once before.

  • This will be the third Super Rugby meeting between the Sunwolves and the Hurricanes, the side from Wellington winning the previous two by an aggregate score of 126-32.
  • The Hurricanes have lost just one of their last six games in Super Rugby (W4, D1), however, on the road they’ve won just twice in their last nine (D1, L6).
  • The Sunwolves are still chasing their first victory at home in Super Rugby 2019 (L4), they’ve only lost five games in a row on their own turf once before (February-April 2018).
  • The Japanese side has had single figure penalty counts in their last two Super Rugby games, they haven’t managed this in three consecutive games since July 2017.
  • Vince Aso (Hurricanes) has bagged four tries, 267 metres, 11 clean breaks, seven offloads and beaten eight defenders in two previous appearances against the Sunwolves.

Match detail

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

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Tokyo, Japan.

3.00: Superb work from Du’Plessis Kirifi to win the penalty at the ruck. The Canes survived some early pressure from the Sunwolves.

4.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty after a decent attack. They are winning the battle at the breakdown in the early stages.

5.00: Dan Pryor steals the ball which begins a counter-attack from inside the home team’s 22. They charge forward before winning a penalty. Hayden Parker puts the ball out at halfway.

6.00: TRY! Semisi Masirewa is put away for another try in the corner after Rahboni Vosayaco’s midfield break and weaving run into the Kiwis’ 22.

8.00: CONVERSION! Parker slots the touchline conversion. 7-0

10.00: TJ Perenara gets back to clean up Masirewa’s kick. He then loses the ball, regathers and clears, but only about 10 metres from his goal line.

11.00: The attack came from some poor handling in midfield by the Hurricanes’ forwards which started the counter-attack.

12.00: A powerful driving maul ends with a Sunwolves penalty for collapsing. Surprisingly, they don’t opt for another lineout, but they often build leads through the boot of Parker.

13.00: PENALTY! Parker makes no mistake. 10-0

15.00: Fletcher Smith’s line-break leads to Perenara’s try. the scrumhalf sniped around the ruck and strolled under the posts. 10-5

16.00: CONVERSION! Smith can’t miss from in front. 10-7

18.00: The visitors have a scrum inside their half. It’s been a pretty open game, the home team have had all the better chances but are only ahead by three.

20.00: The Hurricanes are looking to put the ball behind the Sunwolves’ back-three, but Gerhard Van den Heever is solid under the high ball. The play is stopped because of a head clash. Ben May is the player down.

21.00: Ricky Riccitelli cleans up the rolling ball. Parker had a good chance after hacking the ball forward. Riccitelli is pinged for side entry at the ruck. Parker calls for the tee.

22.00: PENALTY! Parker, from the right, extends his side’s lead. 13-7

24.00: The Sunwolves are back inside striking distance. Masirewa kicked a loose ball which set up play inside the 22. The Hurricanes’ defence is all over the place, but their scramble D is good, though. Too many no-look passes halt the attack, but they win another turnover and win another penalty. Parker calls for the tee.

26.00: PENALTY! Parker, from almost the same place as his previous kick, splits the uprights. 16-7

30.00: TRY! Masirewa has another. this is superb by the hosts. 28-7

31.00: CONVERSION! Parker adds the extras. 30-7

33.00: Perenara goes close, but he drops the ball out after diving in the corner. Vosayaco knocked the ball out of the No. 9’s hands.

35.00: The Sunwolves are under the pump. The Canes are inside their 22, probing their lines.

39.00: The home team survives the bombardment and clears. The Canes throw a skew throw into the lineout. Pryor opts for the scrum.

40.00: Poor by the Sunwolves, they give away a penalty as the hooter sounds. Smith will take a shot from about 45 metres out.

41.00: PENALTY! Smith splits the uprights. 23-10

The halftime score was Sunwolves 23 Hurricanes 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Japan.

44.00: The second half has started at a frenetic speed. The visitors are still probing from where they left off before the interval.

45.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for offsides. Smith kicks to the corner.

47.00: OH DEAR! The Hurricanes drop the ball in the process of setting up a rolling maul.

49.00: TRY! Ben Lam collects Ngani Laumape’s grubber and dots down in the corner. 23-15

51.00: MISS! Smith pushes his kick wide of the posts. 23-15

53.00: The Canes are penalised, allowing Parker a shot at goal from distance.

54.00: MISS! BIG MISS! A rare mistake from the flyhalf keeps the game in the balance. 23-15

56.00: Parker kicks a big penalty deep into the Hurricanes’ 22.

58.00: a wonderful kick, this time by Smith, puts the Kiwis in good field position. There is still lots of time in this ball-game, so no need to panic for either side.

59.00: TRY! Chase Tiatia finishes in the corner after Isaia Walker-Leawere charges down Van den Heever’s clearance-kick. 23-22

60.00: CONVERSION! Smith adds the extras from the sideline. 23-22

62.00: Wes Goosen’s kick sails directly into touch, killing a counter-attack.

64.00: The home team are under the pump; it’s only a matter of time before the New Zealanders take the lead.

66.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty in the scrum, but it is overturned for some foul play by Sam Henwood sees the ref reverse his call. Parker kicks deep into the opposition’s half.

67.00: TRY! Goosen chases his in-field kick and beats Ryohei Yamanaka to the bouncing ball to score. It started by a miscue at the lineout near the Canes’ 22. 23-27

69.00: CONVERSION! Smith extends the lead. 23-29

72.00: The Sunwolves have a penalty from a scrum; they call for another howling set-piece to the delight of the Tokyo crowd.

75.00: They win another penalty, this time for collapsing by the Kiwis. They call for another scrum.

76.00: TIGHTHEAD! A massive scrum by the Kiwis; they bulldoze the Sunwolves’ pack and break into open play.

77.00: Atsushi Sakate goes close, but is denied after being tackled into touch near the corner flag.

79.00: The Hurricanes are slowing the game down as the clock ticks down.

80.00: Penalty at the scrum. Smith clears, but only after the siren sounds. One last play, one last chance for the hosts.

81.00: The lineout is won by the Hurricanes and Perenara boots into touch.


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The final score is Sunwolves 23 (23) Hurricanes 29 (10)


Tries – Masirewa (2)
Pen – Parker (3)
Con – Parker (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Perenara, Lam, Tiatia, Goosen
Pen – Smith
Con – Smith (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo
TMO: Minoru Fuji


Sunwolves: 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard Van den Heever, 13 Josh Timu, 12 Rahboni Vosayaco, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Hendrik Tui, 7 Dan Pryor (captain), 6 Ben Gunter, 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Vella, 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Tom Rowe, 20 Shuhei Matshuhashi, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Jason Emery, 23 Jamie Henry


15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Richard Judd, 22 James Marshall, 23 Billy Proctor

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