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Rebels beat Sunwolves in Tokyo

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The Sunwolves have played the Rebels four times in Super rugby since 2016 and the Sunwolves have lost all four.

That means the Rebels are four from four – regardless of the venue. Two of the matches were played in Melbourne and the other two were played (one each) in Singapore and Tokyo.

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Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

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

It’s very warm in Tokyo. Officially it’s 31c but it feels like 35c. Nick Briant blows his whistle to start the match, Quade Cooper kicks off and we are underway.

2.00: The Sunwolves hold on to the ball and go through several phases but then go offside. The Rebels kick for touch.

4.00: The Rebels win the line out but the ball is intercepted by the Sunwolves who complete two passes and lose the ball forward.

7.00: The Rebels work the ball into the Sunwolves 22 but they knock on. The Sunwolves win the scrum and run the ball out of their 22.

8.00: Penalty to the Rebels just outside the Sunwolves 22. They take the line out option and kick for touch.

10.00: The Rebels win the line out but when they move the ball to the opposite side the Sunwolves turn the ball over.

11.00: The Rebels go on the attack inside their half with some darting short runs. Genia tries the box kick but the Sunwolves get back and kick the ball into touch.

12.00: The Rebels win the line out and after a couple of recycles Cooper pops a pass out to Angus Cottrell who runs straight in and scores the opening TRY!

13.00: Quade Cooper adds the conversion.

15.00: The Rebels get the ball on attack and Reece Hodge opens up a hole and gets a longish pass away to Marika Koroibete who races away to score. TRY!

17.00: Cooper takes the conversion and nails it.

21.00: The Sunwolves work the ball up the field and into the Rebels 22. They start to go through the phases on the Rebels 5m line and Matt Philip knocks the ball down so is shown a yellow card. The Sunwolves take the line out for the penalty.

22.00: The Sunwolves win the line out and press forward but the Sunwolves get another penalty. They take another line out. This time the Rebels come away with the ball as the wolves lose it forward.

23.00: The Rebels work the ball into the Sunwolves half and then win a penalty. They will have a shot at goal to wind down the clock.

25.00: Cooper takes the kick but misses.

28.00: The Rebels attack in the Sunwolves 22, a long wide pass goes out to Koroibete who dashes for the corner and scores his second TRY!

29.00: Cooper takes the conversion kick but misses this one.

33.00: The Sunwolves work the ball upfield and into the Rebels half.

35.00: Pressure from the Sunwolves pays off as they win a penalty. The Sunwolves take the line out. They win the line out but concede a penalty.

37.00: The Rebels take the line out and win it. As they attack the ball goes dead in a ruck and the Sunwolves get the scrum put in.

39.00: The scrum collapses and the Sunwolves earn a penalty. They kick for touch but the Rebels win the line out.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time and the Rebels kick it straight into touch.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Sunwolves 0 Rebels 19

The Sunwolves kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Sunwolves go on the attack early. Amanaki Mafi has a run and is tackled by Will Genia. As Genia goes down Phil Burleigh runs past him but his shin connects with the No.9’s head and seems to knock him out. The game is paused as Genia looks to be out cold. After some help, Genia gets back up and walks off. Michael Ruru comes on.

43.00: The Sunwolves have more intent this half. Gerhard van den Heever almost gets away but the Sunwolves change sides and Burleigh sends a long pass out to the wing but the ball goes forward.

48.00: The Rebels sustain some pressure from the Sunwolves and they win a penalty. The Rebels kick for touch and take the line out.

49.00: The Rebels win the line out. Hodge breaks through but is caught and the attack is slowed. The Rebels recycle and continue the attack but the Sunwolves turn the ball over and kick it into touch.

52.00: Reece Hodge delivers a massive tackle which forces the Sunwolves to force a quick pass. The ball goes to ground and Jack Maddocks gathers it and runs for the line where he is tackled but slides over and scores. TRY!

53.00: Cooper adds the conversion.

56.00: The Rebels win the scrum and move the ball wide to Koroibete who uses his pace to get the corner. As he gets to the corner – with an open try line ahead he passes to Dane Haylett-Petty who scores. TRY! 

58.00: Cooper takes the conversion from out wide. He misses.

62.00: Reece Hodge attempts to clear the ball but his kick gets charged down and Jason Emery follows up, regains the ball and scores under the posts. TRY! 

63.00: Hayden Parker slots the conversion.

69.00: The Sunwolves almost get away and into space but the ball is lost forward.

72.00: The Rebels get the ball into the Sunwolves 22. From a scrum on the 5m line the Rebels press forward and Michael Ruru snipes into a gap and reaches out to score. TRY! 

74.00: Quade Cooper adds the conversion.

75.00: Scrum penalty to the Rebels. Haylett-Petty kicks for touch and sets up the line out.

76.00: The Rebels win the line out and use the maul. Ruru breaks off and makes some ground. The Rebels recycle and start to change sides. As the Rebels get to the middle Jack Maddocks slips through a hole and runs for the line and scores. TRY!

77.00: Cooper adds the conversion.

79.00; The Rebels keep up the attack but as the siren sounds Cooper tries a cross field kick as they have the advantage. The ball is caught by the Sunwolves so the Rebels are called back for the penalty.

80.00: The Rebels take the line out and kick for touch. The Rebels win the line out and drive over the line. It’s a try ! Jordan Ulese is the try scorer.

82.00: Cooper takes the conversion kick and slots it.

The Rebels have won.

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The full time score is Sunwolves 7(0) Rebels 52(19)


Tries – J.Emery
Pen –
Con – H.Parker
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – A.Cottrell, M.Koroibete 2, J.Maddocks 2, D.Haylett-Petty, M.Ruru, J.Ulese
Pen –
Con – Q.Cooper 6
Drop –
Cards – M. Philip (21st min yellow)

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



15 Jason Emery, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Josh Timu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami

Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Tom Rowe, 20 Ben Gunter, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Takyua Yamasawa


15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Matt Gibbon

Replacements: 16 Jordan Ulese, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Tom English

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