Sunwolves beat Bulls for first win of Super Rugby season

Monday 10th, April 2017 / 14:52 Written by
Sunwolves beat Bulls for first win of Super Rugby season

Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves edged former champions the Bulls 21-20 at at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.

Both teams scored two tries each and the result came down to kicking with Yu Tamura kicking a late penalty to earn the victory.

The Bulls had the opportunity to snatch the victory but Francois Brummer missed a penalty kick three minutes from time.

The victory is the Sunwolves first of the 2017 Super Rugby season and is the Bulls fifth loss in six matches.

The Bulls only other victory in 2017 was against the Sunwolves in Pretoria last month.

The Sunwolves were the first to score and they held on to their lead through half time at 11-10 and until the 8 minutes into the second half.

Tian Schoeman kicked his second penalty to put the Bulls into the lead at 11-13 before the South African side went further ahead in the 63rd minute with a try by Travis Ismaiel.

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The Sunwolves refused to give up and  Kotaro Matsushima almost got through the Bulls defence to score but was stopped with a high tackle by Jan Serfontein who was yellow carded for the offernce.

With the extra man in the backline the Sunwolves took the bold move of taking a scrum for the penalty even though the Bulls scrum had been dominant. The decision paid off as the Sunwolves attacked the space where Seforntein would have been and  Kotaro Matsushima slipped through and scored for the hosts.

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Hayden Cripps added the converison but the Sunwolves still trailed by two points at 18-20. in the 74th minute Yu Tamura slotted the match winning penalty which gave the Sunwolves the lead again and ultimately the victory

The Sunwolves have had some pretty disasterous results so far this season including huge loss to the Hurricanes but they hav always kept fighting and shown heart so let’s hope this victory can spur on a good run of results, with the Crusaders up next in New Zealand

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