Super Rugby

Sunwolves beat Reds in Tokyo




The Sunwolves have only played the Queensland Reds once before in Super Rugby and that match was played in Brisbane and won 35-25 by the Reds.

This then will be the first time that the teams have met in Tokyo.

  • The Sunwolves are yet to win against Australian opposition (L8), they’re the only nation they’re yet to beat in Super Rugby.
  • The Reds have lost 20 of their last 22 games outside Australia (W2), although one of their two victories in that run came earlier this season versus the Jaguares.
  • The Sunwolves (8.7) and Reds (9.4) have conceded fewer penalties and free kicks per game than any other teams so far this campaign.
  • Filipo Daugunu has crossed for a try in three of his last four games away from home for the Reds.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Japan.

2.00: PENALTY! Hayden Parker outs the Sunwolves in the early lead. 3-0

4.00: The home team has started well and have had some early territory and possession.

7.00: PENALTY! Parker extends the lead with another penalty goal. 6-0

8.00: Reds kick into the corner and will have the lineout just 5 metres from the try line.

10.00: TRY! Brandon Paenga-Amosa is over for the Reds first points after a strong driving maul. The Reds kept the ball and powered through the opposition’s pack. 6-5

11.00: CONVERSION! Jono Lance slots the kick and the away team lead. 6-7

15.00: PENALTY Parker puts his side back in a deserved lead. 9-7

18.00: The Reds are enjoying some possession.

21.00: TRY! Ben Lucas scores after another powerful driving maul. Paenga-Amosa controlled the ball expertly but when the referee called for the Reds to use the ball, the scrumhalf broke to the blindside and dotted down. 9-12

22.00: CONVERSION! Lance makes no mistake. 9-14

24.00: The Sunwolves are having a field day in the wide channels.

26.00: Another series of good play results in the Japanese side winning another penalty at the ruck. Michael Leitch and Grant Hattingh are all over the breakdown.

28.00: PENALTY! Parker kicks the penalty from out in front to reduce the deficit to two. 12-14

30.00: TRY! Craig Millar breaks the Reds defensive line with a wonderful run. The big man plays Hattingh, who carries Hamish Stewart and Chris Feauai-Sautia over the whitewash with him. Hattingh had put the prop in the gap and finished off the move. 17-14

30.00: CONVERSION! Parker is on song, increasing his side’s lead. 19-14

31.00: The Reds win the penalty and kick to touch, but it is all Sunwolves at the moment. Danger time for the home team with the Reds having the lineout so close to the try-line.

32.00: Kenki Fukuoka intercepts and breaks away. But he slips and the ball is turned over, however, the Reds knock on and give away good field position and possession.

33.00: George Smith enters the field for his 160th Super Rugby cap – absolute machine.

34.00: TRY! Sensational score by Parker. Fukuoka started the play after gathering a grubber-kick. Yutaka Nagare played a long skip-pass to Kazuki Himeno after some quick ball. The No 8 bounced a defender, played Hattingh, who offloaded to Michael Little. Little skipped past two defenders and produced a wonderful wrap-around offload to his flyhalf, who races in untouched for the score. Wow! 24-14

35.00: CONVERSION! Parker converts his own try. 26-14

37.00: This is the most points that the Sunwolves have scored in the first-half at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

38.00: Himeno with some more excellent work at the breakdown earns his team a much-needed penalty. Parker clears the danger to halfway.

39.00: The Sunwolves kick for territory and the Reds set up a driving maul inside their 22. Stewart clears after the Reds are stopped.

41.00: The Sunwolves are playing Barbarians rugby. Little, Hattingh and Timothy Lafaele are throwing the ball around with abandon. The ball is recycled quickly and a cross-kick is caught by Leitch, but he is tackled into touch before dotting down. The Sunwolves did have an advantage, so will take a shot at goal.

43.00: PENALTY! Parker slots his fifth penalty and is seven from seven, today. 29-14

The halftime score was Sunwolves 29 Reds 14

41.00: We are back underway in Tokyo.

41.00: The Sunwolves win an early penalty and will take a long-range shot at goal.

43.00: PENALTY! Parker’s kick is perfect – wow! 32-14

45.00: The Queensland side needs to get their hands on the ball. They are camped inside the Sunwolves 22. They go wide but the ball is lost forward.

46.00: Edward Quirk made the tackle and created pressure by getting up and challenging for the ball. Lafaele’s kick bounces out inside the Reds’ half.

48.00: Wimpie van der Walt is pinged for collapsing the driving maul. Lance clears to the Sunwolves’ 22.

49.00: The Sunwolves win the Reds’ lineout and attack. Jordan Petaia smokes Fukuoka. The Reds counter-attack through Filipo Daugunu, but the winger knocks on after he is tackled from behind by Hosea Saumaki.

52.00: The Reds are looking to play inside the opposition’s half, kicking deep at every opportunity then running the ball inside the danger zone.

54.00: TRY! Saumaki breaks blind after an attack down the lefthand touchline. The forwards combine with the backs before the winger breaks blind and dives over in the corner. 37-14

55.00: CONVERSION! Parker is putting on a masterclass display of kicking, slotting another touchline kick. 39-14

57.00: The Reds have an opportunity to set up another driving maul in the red zone.

58.00: Quirk is penalised for collapsing the maul. However, we are checking for foul play by Taniela Tupou, who used his head to clean out after being thrown out of the ruck by a Sunwolves’ player. The penalty is being turned around. Tupou is harshly pinged and Smith, who is now the on-field captain, lets referee Egon Seconds know he’s not impressed.

61.00: PENALTY! Parker slots another monster penalty, using the wind expertly. 42-14

65.00: The Reds are camped on the Sunwolves’ try-line.

66.00: TRY! Angus Scott-Young barges over after the Queenslanders went 23 phases mostly using pick-and-drives. 42-19

67.00: CONVERSION! Lance adds the extras. 42-21

69.00: PENALTY TRY! YELLOW CARD! Duncan Paia’aua is sent to the sin-bin for a high-tackle on Jason Emery. The Reds botched a two-on-one and Emery intercepted and raced away for the try-line. However, he was hit high by Paia’aua. 49-21

74.00: TRY! Daugunu finishes off a counter-attack from inside his own 22. The winger ran 75 metres and scored under the posts. 49-26

75.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 49-28

77.00: The Sunwolves turn down a shot at goal and go to the corner.

78.00: TRY! Saumaki is in for his second. The Sunwolves spread the ball wide, and the winger finishes off in style as the Japanese side reach their half-century. 54-28

80.00: CONVERSION! Parker makes it 11 from 11. 56-28

82.00: TRY! HAT-TRICK for Saumaki! The Sunwolves run the ball from their half, going through the phases before the winger crashes over in the same corner for his treble. 61-28

84.00: CONVERSION! Parker puts the ball straight through the middle from the touchline. 63-28


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The final score: Sunwolves 63 (29) Reds 28 (14)


Tries – Hattingh, Parker, Saumaki (3), Penalty try
Pen – Parker (7)
Con – Parker (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Paenga-Amosa, Lucas, Scott-Young, Daugunu
Pen –
Con – Lance (4)
Drop –
Cards – Paia’aua (Yellow, 69′)

Match Officials
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 1: Akihisa Aso
Assistant Ref 2: Tasuku Kawara
TMO: Minoru Fuji



15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Yutaka Nagare (captain), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar.

Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery.


15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Aidan Toua.

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