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    Sunwolves vs Reds

    Super Rugby, 12 May, 2018

    Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
    Fulltime - Sunwolves 63, Reds 28
    Sunwolves   Reds
    63 FINAL SCORE 28
    6 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Egon Seconds
    Touch judges: Akihisa Aso & Tasuku Kawahara
    TMO: Minoru Fuji

    Match result:

    Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn says his side “got what they deserved”, with the pumped-up Sunwolves claiming their first Super Rugby match win of the season with a 63-28 hammering in Tokyo.

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    Final score
    Sunwolves 63
    Reds 28

    Match preview:

    The Reds will look to build on the momentum gained from their last start win over the Lions when they travel to Tokyo to tackle an as of yet winless, but plucky, Sunwolves outfit. Join The Roar for live scores of the match, starting from 1pm AEST.

    Whilst these two teams have met only once in the history of Super Rugby, there’s plenty to play for in Tokyo this afternoon.

    For the Reds, they have lost four of their last five games. However, their last start win over the Lions was very impressive. Brad Thorn has trusted a core group of players so far this season, and he’ll be hoping the back half of 2018 shows some return on investment.

    So, what happens in this game?

    Firstly, the Reds have a woeful record on the road, only winning two of their last 22 fixtures away from Suncorp. They’ll need to shake that demon.

    Jono Lance returns at flyhalf, relegating Hamish Stewart to fullback.

    In the forwards, the return of the experienced James Slipper is a big in for the Queensland side. There’s a re-shuffle in the second row with Adam Korczyk moving to the back-row, allowing Izack Rodda to slot into lock.

    Their driving maul, and general work at set piece has been a real positive for Thorn’s men, and he’ll no doubt be looking to build on that this afternoon. Brandon Paenga-Amosa continues to impress at lineout time, whilst Taniela Tupou is ever-improving.

    For the Sunwolves, they’re looking to record their first ever win against Australian opposition.

    If they catch the Reds on an off-afternoon, they very well could sneak an upset.
    Coach Jamie Joseph has made a string of changes for his XV.

    Wingers Fukuoka and Saumaki have swapped, whilst there’s a new face at fullback in the form of Semisi Mariwera. Yutaka Nagare starts at halfback.

    The return of Michael Leitch in the forward pack is a big plus, the ex-Chief will look to rudder their forward pack from 6.

    Where the game will be won?
    Set Piece, and the last 20 minutes.

    The Reds are coming off a bye, and should be well rested for this game. They should play better rugby in the death minutes than their Sunwolves opponents. In addition, their set piece continues to improve, and probably just tips the balance of this fixture in their favour.

    Reds by an even 14.

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    • 6:58pm
      Tony said | 6:58pm | ! Report

      Oh Dear look who the Reds have got next !!!!

    • 5:25pm
      MH01 said | 5:25pm | ! Report

      What…… I should be shocked …. but given oz rugby at the moment …. fair enough

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      Danny said | 5:17pm | ! Report

      Ouch. Oh well this is what a rebuild looks like. Beat the Lions one week and get clobbered the next.

      To be fair Jamie Joseph has the Sunwolves going much better this year. International players of a much higher standard. And Thorn dumped two props for missing training – I hope they understand that training ethic = strong team culture = results.

      No sugar coating it though.

      • 5:21pm
        Dave_S said | 5:21pm | ! Report

        Yep wolves played some excellent rugby, full credit for that. We were without the Smiths, but we had our starting front 5, and full contingent of backs …

    • 5:16pm
      moaman said | 5:16pm | ! Report

      Congrats to all those long-suffering Sunwolves fans!

    • 5:15pm
      Malo said | 5:15pm | ! Report

      Wasn’t great to see the tears in the crowd. Great to see such great support for a team that aren’t strong. Sunwolves deserve their place.

    • 5:12pm
      Julz said | 5:12pm | ! Report

      Good riddance. Just can’t stand the biased Aussie commentary.

      Sunwolves playing fast and quick rugby, together with some individual brilliance.

    • 4:39pm
      Johnno said | 4:39pm | ! Report

      Hay it’s all worht it right according to rugby australia! They would rather lose games like this if it means blodding young locals who might play for the wallabies one day, instead of recruiting experienced foreign imports eg JPots/Gareth Delve/Thomas Cubelli, coz wallaby glory is all that counts right and not super rugby glory as super rugby is just a trial wallaby development comp as opposed to a true club glory champions league right.. Ha ha, that’s why no oz rugby fans care about super rugby coz it’s devalued to a trial comp, i have no problem tonight dan carter/pat lambie blocking the pathway of a french local in the europan champions cup for Racing 92, coz at least the french value club glory and giveng club glory meaning. So for half you lot whinging about the loss for the reds, half you lots also support RA’s hard nose stance on foreign imports coz you only care about wallaby glory not super rugby glory, so you reap what you sow so stop whinging some of you as this is what you wanted no imports to increase depth for oz super rugby sides..

      • 12:52pm
        Brian George said | 12:52pm | ! Report

        You really are a tw1t

    • 3:54pm
      Paddymelon said | 3:54pm | ! Report

      This is the reality pill the Reds need to swallow All the talk of improving this season have hit the barrier head on The Reds are now 13th on the ladder overall: well up on PA; well down on PF; giving them the second worst PD. The touted solutions are to sign Thorn to a long term contract (because the Kiwis might poach him) and sign up Folau for bucket loads of money Take another reality pill to see that the problems are much more than the coach and one player Long term issues are player recruitment, retention and engaging the fans ( a diminishing resource only 12 to 13 thousand turned up for the Lions match) There is much to do at the Reds but is there anyone to do it

      • 12:42am
        Mzilikazi said | 12:42am | ! Report

        Tahat is a pretty fair post, PM. A really disappointing result, but good luck to the Sunwolves.

        “There is much to do at the Reds but is there anyone to do it” Ja, that is the crux of the matter. Darkest hour stuff now. But one would not be totally surprised to see them pull off another shock win….very unlikely though.

    • 3:51pm
      Jacky said | 3:51pm | ! Report

      What was the penalty count

      • 4:06pm
        Ruckin Oaf said | 4:06pm | ! Report

        Dunno but discipline was one of those things Thorn was gunna fix.

        Along with defence.

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