Sunwolves humiliate Blues

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    The Blues have melted in the Tokyo heat, going down 48-21 to an unfancied Sunwolves outfit in their Super Rugby dead rubber in Japan.

    In temperatures reaching 42 degrees in the Japanese capital, the Tana Umaga-coached Aucklanders could do nothing right in the second half and were duly flattened by their enthusiastic opponents.

    With the heat clearly taking its toll, the Sunwolves ran in an unanswered 34 second-half points and celebrated like they had won the competition.

    It’s an extraordinary turnaround from the Japanese side, who had won just one 2017 game before Saturday and lost 94-7 just two weeks ago to the Lions.

    The Blues finish another mediocre campaign on the worst possible note and farewell Charlie Faumuina and Steven Luatua sourly.

    First-half tries to James Parsons, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti and Michael Collins handed the Blues a 21-14 halftime lead, considered slim against a struggling side like the Sunwolves.

    But they contrived to embarrass themselves in the second stanza, conceding six tries to a Sunwolves side who never eased up.

    Ryohei Yamanaka capitalised on a Sam Nock error to score in the 54th minute, before a Jerome Kaino sin-binning unleashed panic in the Blues’ ranks.

    A Sunwolves penalty try followed – from a rolling maul, no less – before Kaito Shigeno, Timothy Lafaele and Yoshitaka Tokunaga rubbed salt in the Blues’ wounds, as they face the long flight back to New Zealand.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • July 15th 2017 @ 8:41pm
      colvin said | July 15th 2017 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

      A Japanese Super team can beat a NZ Super team but in 25 games no Aus Super team can.

      • July 15th 2017 @ 9:36pm
        Rhys Bosley said | July 15th 2017 @ 9:36pm | ! Report

        A Japanese Super team can beat a New Zealand team but in two seasons cannot beat an Australian team.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 12:09pm
        Republican said | July 16th 2017 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

        …….Australia has regressed to a very mediocre nation in terms of sporting prowess, while this is not exclusive to Union which was always only ever assumed a niche status here.
        NZ conversely can compete with us at all and sundry including Rugby League, a code of very lowly status in a nation of just 5 mill. NZ will win the Rugby League World Cup this year, v England, mark my words………

    • July 15th 2017 @ 8:43pm
      colvin said | July 15th 2017 @ 8:43pm | ! Report

    • July 15th 2017 @ 10:33pm
      Ronaldo said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

      Take a look at the Force / Waratahs result this evening.

      As a Tah supporter can I suggest that the team to be dropped from Super Rugby be …. THE WARATAHS!! Nobody will watch such rubbish.

      Over 80,000 at the soccer on Thursday night & another 80,000 there again tonight. The Tahs are lucky to draw 8,000.

      Turn the lights out!!

    • July 17th 2017 @ 5:36pm
      zhenry said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

      Hang on, 42 degrees C, which team can play rugby under those conditions? The home team yes, maybe a Qld and hi-velt SA team?
      42*C says it all; Murdoch and Fairfax owned NZ media jump on the Blues any chance they get.
      Under Umaga the Blues might not be winning like the other NZ franchises but they have rebuilt or rebuilding and providing stiff opposition to those NZ franchises, like no other opposing teams can.
      Umaga deserves much credit for his coaching efforts.

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