Sunwolves trio return for Cheetahs

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:45
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sunwolves have been bolstered by the return of three players ahead of their Super Rugby Round 14 encounter with the Cheetahs in Tokyo on Saturday.

Seasoned centre Derek Carpenter, one of the stalwarts of the team, lock Kotaro Yatabe and hooker Yusuke Niwai all return from a conditioning lay-off for the encounter with the visiting South African franchise.

Coach Filo Tiatia said it is important to get a win, as this is their last match before the June international break.

"We played reasonable well for an hour against the Sharks in Singapore last week," Tiatia said, adding: "We leaked three tries [in the final quarter].

"We have to improve and ensure it reflects in the result."

He said they will expect the Cheetahs to maul a lot.

"They have a good set piece and they are going to take us on up front."

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Shota Emi, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Yasuo Yamaji, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 William Tupou.

Date: Saturday, May 27
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14.15 (07.15 SA time; 05.15 GMT)
Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Akihisa Aso (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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