Sunwolves pile more misery on Bulls

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 04:12

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Sunwolves recorded their first win of the season when they edged the Bulls 21-20 in a tense match in Tokyo on Saturday.

A 75th-minute penalty from replacement Yu Tamura proved to be the difference in a match where both teams scored two tries.

It was also the Bulls fifth loss in six games this season.

The struggling Sunwolves had looked close to scoring their sixth defeat in as many games after conceding a try to Travis Ismaiel after 64 minutes to leave the home side trailing by nine points and needing two scores.

But roared on by a Tokyo crowd which kept up a cacophony of wolf howls throughout, Filo Tiatia's side hit back with just over 10 minutes left when Takaaki Nakazuru touched down. 

Tamura converted to make it 20-18. 

He then coolly kicked a penalty in the 74th minute that proved the game winner before the final buzzer triggered scenes of unbridled joy among the players and the team's long-suffering fans.

The Sunwolves, currently in their second season after a horror debut in 2016 when they won just one of 15 games, could still have lost had Francois Brummer converted a late penalty.

"We noticed we were giving away points in the last 20 minutes," Tiatia told reporters after a superb defensive display from his team.

"We talked about keeping calm, driving the game plan and raising the energy - the players that came on contributed well."

Bulls coach Nollis Marais lamented a late yellow card shown to Jan Serfontein.

"When we were down to 14 we knew we were in trouble," he said. 

"It's always difficult to defend with 14 and what was good for us last time, was bad for us this time."

Man of the match: Some of the Bulls players showed some nice touches, but overall it was a disappointing display again. The award must go to one of the Sunwolves players for a passionate display and No.8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco embodied that. 

The scorers:

For Sunwolves:
Tries: Warren-Vosayaco, Nakazuru
Con: Tamura
Pens: Cripps 2, Tamura

For Bulls:
Tries: Odendaal, Ismaiel
Cons: T Schoeman 2
Pens: T Schoeman 2

Yellow card: Jan Serfontein (Bulls, 68 - cynical play, slowing down play)

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Hendré Stassen,  20 Jacques Potgieter, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.

Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Akihisa Aso
TMO: Minoru Fuji

AFP

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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0