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Sunwolves beat Waratahs in Newcastle

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The Waratahs have played the Sunwolves four times in Super Rugby, winning all four matches.

Three of the matches were played in Tokyo and one was played in Sydney. This weekend’s fixture will take place in Newcastle.

  • The NSW Waratahs have won each of their previous four Super Rugby games against the Sunwolves by an average margin of 30 points per game; however, their most recent encounter saw the Waratahs win by a margin of one point.
  • The Tahs have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games at home.
  • The Sunwolves have led at half-time in each of their last two Super Rugby games against Australian opposition; however, they have lost their last six games against Aussie teams.
  • The Japanese side has gained an average of 493 metres per game this season, more than any other team in the competition.
  • Jed Holloway (NSW Waratahs) has stolen five lineouts this Super Rugby season, two more than any other player.
  • Gerhard van den Heever has made the most metres in Super Rugby, this season.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle.

2.00: TRY! Less than 90 seconds on the clock. Nick Phipps takes Michael Hooper’s pass after the skipper’s break from the back of the lineout and runs away to open the scoring. 5-0

3.00: CONVERSION! Mack Mason adds the extras. 7-0

5.00: Israel Folau will be looking to break the Super Rugby try-scoring record, tonight. Semisi Masirewa almost gets on the end of Hayden Parker’s kick but the ball is pushed out by a Waratahs’ player.

8.00: Ryohei Yamanaka is pinged for not rolling away. Mason clears the ball up to halfway.

10.00: The Sunwolves win the kicking battle and have a lineout on the Tahs’ 22. The visitors win after Phipps is caught offsides. Parker will take the points.

11.00: PENALTY! Parker continues his 100% Super rugby record with his 28th consecutive successful kick. 7-3

13.00: Phipps is tackled around the neck. Mason kicks to the corner and the hosts will look to go to their driving maul.

14.00: Masirewa is offsides which gives New South Wales another crack at the Sunwolves’ try line.

15.00: TRY! Wonderful hands from Kurtley Beale sends Cameron Clark away for the score. Beale stayed on his feet in the tackle but somehow managed to hold the ball in contact before freeing his arms and passing to the wing. 12-3

17.00: MISS! Mason’s kick is wide. 12-3

18.00: The hosts have had 65% possession and 61% territory inside the opening quarter. The Japanese will want to get their hands on the ball.

20.00: TRY! The Sunwolves go through the phases, getting across the advantage line and using the quick ball to attack the fringes of the rucks before Grant Hattingh crosses from close range. 12-8

21.00: CONVERSION! Parker makes no mistake. 12-10

24.00: A scrum to the Sunwolves almost ends up with a try against the run of play after Parker’s kick is charged down by Mason.

28.00: Parker puts boot to ball, pinning the Tahs back inside their half. Folau tries to run the ball out; he’s snaffled and the Sunwolves attack the breakdown. Mason’s kick is charged down but the ball bounces into touch.

30.00: TRY! Masirewa scores after Hendrik Tui’s wonderful wrap-around offload in the tackle to Dan Pryor on the touchline. The Sunwolves’ captain breaks towards the try line before passing to the supporting Masirewa to score and give the visitors the lead. 12-15

31.00: CONVERSION! Parker adds the extras. 12-17

33.00: Parker’s kick sails out on the full. From the resulting lineout, the Waratahs earn a penalty. Mason calls for the kicking tee.

35.00: PENALTY! Mason makes no mistake from in front. 15-17

37.00: The Waratahs attack, but a stray pass from Phipps almost kills the move. The Sunwolves win the ball, but Van den Heever kicks out on the full, however, the play comes back for a knock on in the build-up. Scrum to the hosts.

39.00: The attack comes to nought after Mason looked up at the defenders and lost control of the ball. Tony Brown’s men survive the late scare.

40.00: Parker launches a huge left-foot punt down the field; the ball beats Folau and rolls out on the 22.

41.00: BIG MISTAKE! Phipps kicks the ball out on the full three seconds before the hooter, giving the opposition a last crack at the Waratahs with a lineout on the 22.

42.00: Hattingh loses the ball forward.

The halftime score is Waratahs 15 Sunwolves 17

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in the Hunter Valley.

43.00: TRY! Daryl Gibson’s halftime speech must have had an effect because his team has come out firing. Rob Simmons’ long pass to Alex Newsome started the attack before skipper Hooper crashes over from close range. 20-17

44.00: CONVERSION! Mason slots the touchline kick. 22-17

47.00: Phipps is pinged for hands in the ruck. Parker kicks to the Tahs’ 22.

49.00: Hattingh knocks on in contact, killing his team’s attack. The Waratahs gather and clear their lines.

50.00: TRY! Masirewa swallow dives his way over in the corner after a break from halfway. Parker sucked in Beale and Newsome came off his wing which allowed the former Western Force flyer to run away. 22-all

52.00: CONVERSION! He cannot miss, even from the sideline, he curls his kick inside the posts. 22-24

53.00: TRY! Hat-trick for Masirewa. Karmichael Hunt cannot take the pass and the ball rolls behind Clark. The winger can’t gather and is beaten to the ball by Masirewa, who collects and races away for his treble. 22-29

54.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 22-31

57.00: another mistake by the Waratahs’ scrumhalf, this time knocking on at the base of the scrum, allows the visitors to clear. Folau gathers a kick and then proceeds to boot the ball out on the full.

58.00: Mason leaves the field. Beale goes to standoff and Lalakai Foketi goes to inside centre.

59.00: Another wayward kick rolls over the Sunwolves’ dead-ball line giving the tourists a centre-field scrum on halfway.

63.00: Gibson’s men are camped inside the Japanese 22. Jake Gordon sniped around a ruck and Harry Johnson-Holmes was taken out off the ball. He leaves the field but his team has a penalty.

64.00: The Waratahs go to their driving maul, but it collapses. They spread the ball wide and have a penalty-advantage.

65.00: TRY! Beale catches the tourists napping; he takes the penalty quickly and dives over next to the posts. 27-31

66.00: CONVERSION! Beale has taken over the kicking duties and he converts his try. 29-31

68.00: Kara Pryor’s knock on ends an 11 phase attack. The Sunwolves had a penalty-advantage and decide not to take the points, instead, they opt for a lineout five metres out.

69.00: OH DEAR! They botch the lineout and squander a chance at extending their lead.

70.00: HELD UP! The Sunwolves have another lineout, this time they are held up in the maul. This is a costly phase of the game. Brown’s men should have taken a shot at goal.

71.00: The home team win a free-kick. Beale hits a bomb that is collected by the hat-trick hero, setting up another Sunwolves’ attack.

75.00: It’s tense out on the field. The Sunwolves are starting to slow the game down.

77.00: Some reset scrums are eating up time.

79.00: The visitors win a penalty at the breakdown after Hooper goes off his feet. They go several phases but nothing comes of the attack. They opt for a scrum.

80.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is sent to Parker. The flyhalf clears into Row Z and the Sunwolves have a famous first victory in Australia.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Waratahs 29 (15) Sunwolves 31 (17)

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries – Phipps, Clark, Hooper, Beale
Pen – Mason
Con – Mason (2), Beale
Drop –
Cards –

Sunwolves
Tries – Hattingh, Masirewa (3)
Pen – Parker
Con – Parker (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: Egon Seconds
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Karmichael Hunt, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Mack Mason, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, John Folau

Sunwolves

15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatakawa, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Dan Pryor (c), 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Grant Hattingh, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Hosea Saumaki

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