Finishing off with a 42-37 victory, HITO-Communications SUNWOLVES beat South Africa’s BULLS in an electrifying Super Rugby match last Saturday. This victory marks consecutive wins against this particular opposition, and cements the position not only of the strength of the SUNWOLVES, but for Japanese rugby being a force to be reckoned with in general in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in 2019.
Britz was vital to the SUNWOLVES’ victory, as his interceptions allowed them to perform a number of breaks to give Little the opportunity to finally score a try. The BULLS’ Pollard then followed up with a brilliant reverse kick that allowed replacement scrum-half Andre Warner to slide in for a try, even with valiant tackling attempts from the SUNWOLVES. But a long TMO referral later revealed Warner had actually knocked the ball on following a tackle on the try line.
In the final minutes, it was the SUNWOLVES who scored the decisive try, with the sheer power of back row Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco breaking the line to score. With this try, the SUNWOLVES then played defensively to secure their win as the SUNWOLVES forwards stood strong and slowed down the pace of the game with a long phase of rucking that frustrated the BULLS into a penalty at the 80th minute as the home side launched it out of play. History has been made with the SUNWOLVES’ first ever win in their adopted home of Singapore, and the first time in a Super Rugby season that they have won more than 2 matches, leaving SUNWOLVES players and supporters bursting into cheers and celebrations with this historic Super Rugby win for the home team.
Super Rugby 2018 took place on 30th June at the National Stadium.