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Our Referee is Rasta Rasivhenge, from South Africa.
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For the Blues TJ Faiane starts at centre, replacing the suspended Sonny Bill Williams. Melani Nanai takes Rieko Ioane?s place on the left wing. Jerome Kaino is given a reprieve and moves to the bench, and his place in the starting lineup is taken by Akira Ioane.
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The Sunwolves will continue without the services of Sam Wykes and Yasutaka Sasakura. Riaan Viljoen will start at fullback..
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The only other New Zealand team to have made a trip to the Sunwolves were the Hurricanes, who thrashed them 83-17.
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The Blues travel to Tokyo for their first ever encounter with the Sunwolves. They will be looking to end their campaign on a high note against a team that have only beaten the Bulls this year.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby match between the Sunwolves and the Blues, from the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, in Tokyo.
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We are off here in Tokyo.
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It's a slow start here with some unforced handling errors from both teams.
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The first penalty of the match goes to the Blues for hands in the ruck. West finds touch five meters from the Sunwolves line.
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The Blues secure the lineout but then Luatua is penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle.
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Luatua does well to break the line and through some poor Sunwolves tackling.
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TRY, BLUES, PARSONS! 0-5: After thee linebreak the Blues put together 15 phases before Parsons goes over in the corner to score! A clinical finish by the Blues.
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CONVERSION, BLUES, WEST! 0-7: West extends the lead.
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TRY, BLUES, TUIOTI! 0-12: It started with a turnover ball for the Blues ball in their half. They held onto the ball and progressed well. Once again Luatua was involved and offloaded well to send Tuioti away.
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CONVERSION, BLUES, WEST! 0-14: West makes no mistake with the conversion.
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Gibson is penalised for coming in from the side in the ruck. The Sunwolves take it quickly.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, LAFAELE! 5-14: What a try! It started with the quick tap seven meters out. They keep ball in hand and Uchida offloads well to Lafaele, who forces himself over.
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CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, TAMURA! 7-14: Tamura opens his account.
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Tamura offloads to Lafaele who breaks the line and makes good ground. He is stopped by Collins.
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The Sunwolves are creating opportunities and are gaining in confidence.
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The Sunwolves put together six phases and progress steadily towards the Blues 22, where a handling error ends the promising move.
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TRY, BLUES, COLLINS! 7-19: A try against the run of play, as Collins intercepts the ball near his own 22 and scores under the posts. The Sunwolves looked good in that build up.
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CONVERSION, BLUES, WEST! 7-21: West adds two more.
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NO TRY! After some good set play Tupou makes a fatal mistake by losing the ball forward in the process of going over to score. We have a five meter scrum.
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Tamura is penalised for not releasing the ball. That was good work from Moala.
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We have some relief for the Sunwwolves, as Tu'ungafasi is guilty of not releasing the ball.
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Pulu sends Nanai away who makes good ground, but somehow Matsushima manage to get his foot to the ball and blasts it down field.
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Pulu takes a high kick well but then knocks it on in the tackle.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, UCHIDA! 12-21: It started with a linebreak by Viljoen. They did well to keep the ball in hand and Matsushima offloads to Uchida, who goes over to score on the stroke of halftime.
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SUNWOLVES 14-21 BLUES.
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HALF TIME: What an exciting first half we have had here and the Blues lead by three converted tries to two. Please join us for the second half soon.
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CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, TAMURA! 14-21: Tamura narrows the gap to seven points as we head for the break.
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Ihaia West starts proceedings in the second half.
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Luatua is penalised for going off his feet in the ruck. The Sunwolves take the quick tap, but the Blues turn the ball over.
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The spoils are shared in respect of possession, but the Blues have had more territorial advantage thus far.
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The Sunwolves make their way to the Blues five meter line before Koo is penalised for not releasing the ball. That had a try written all over it.
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Once again a promising Sunwolves move comes to an end with a handling error. This time the scrum is just inside the Blues half of the field.
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Hino is penalised for a high tackle on Collins. West finds touch 12 meters out.
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Good defence from the Sunwolves force the mistake, as Duffie's pass goes astray inside the Sunwolves 22.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, YAMANAKA! 19-21: It started with a kick through by Matsushima. The bounce favoured the Sunwolves as the Blues failed to clear and Yamanaka gets his hand on the ball to tap it down. The TMO confirms the try.
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The conversion is missed by Tamura.
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YELLOW CARD, BLUES, KAINO! 19-21: Kaino is penalised and yellow carded for a dangerous tackle. Tamura finds touch on the five meter line.
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PENALTY TRY, SUNWOLVES! 26-21: They win the lineout and drive forward. The try was inevitable and the Blues are penalised for bringing the maul down.
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The Blues earn some relief, as Lafaele is penalised for not releasing the ball inside their own half.
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The Sunwolves kick deep and Nanai is caught in possession. He knocks it on in the tackle by Britz. The Sunwolves have a scrum six meters out.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, SHIGENO! 31-21: A patient build up by the Sunwolves leads to another try. The Blues tried to slow the ball down but eventually after some good handling Shigeno goes over to score with some help from his team mates.
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The conversion is missed by Ogura.
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Jerome Kaino returns to the field of play.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, LAFAELE! 36-21: Kaito Shigeno kicks the ball through and the bounce favours the Sunwolves. They clear the ball and Lafaele runs at an angle to score!
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The conversion is again missed by Ogura.
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Matsushima offloads to Ogura who makes good ground. He is well tackled by Perofeta.
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Matsuhashi loses the ball forward in the tackle. Well done to the Blues, as that should have been a Sunwolves try.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, LAFAELE! 41-21: Sam Nock's kick is charged down by Lafaele, who then gathers it well to go over for his third try today.
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CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, OGURA! 43-21: Ogura finaly slots one.
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The conversion is missed by Ogura.
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TRY, SUNWOLVES, TOKUNAGA! 48-21: It started with a Blues attack, which was turned over by the Sunwolves. Ogura then kicks it through and they continue to keep the ball in hand after a favourable bounce. Tokunaga then finishes off an outstanding move.
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SUNWOLVES 48-21 BLUES.
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FULL TIME: What an end of the season for the Sunwolves, after an inspiring performance here today. This is a huge upset as no one expected them to thrash the Blues by 27 points.
Sunwolves
Blues
8
Tries
3
16' Timothy Lafaele
38' Keisuke Uchida
53' Ryohei Yamanaka
58' Penalty Try
63' Kaito Shigeno
68' Timothy Lafaele
75' Timothy Lafaele
78' Yoshitaka Tok...
8' James Parsons
12' Gerard Cowley...
25' Michael Collins
3
Conversions
3
17' Yu Tamura
40' Yu Tamura
76' Jumpei Ogura
9' Ihaia West
13' Ihaia West
26' Ihaia West
0
Penalties
0
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
1
56' Jerome Kaino
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Koki Yamamoto
Takeshi Hino
Jiwon Koo
Kotaro Yatabe
Uwe Helu
Malgene Ilaua
Shuhei Matsuhashi
Willie Britz
Keisuke Uchida
Yu Tamura
Kenki Fukuoka
Timothy Lafaele
Will Tupou
Kotaro Matsushima
Riaan Viljoen
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Ofa Tu'ungafasi
James Parsons
Charlie Faumuina
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
Scott Scrafton
Akira Ioane
Blake Gibson
Steven Luatua
Augustine Pulu
Ihaia West
Melani Nanai
Tinoai Faiane
George Moala
Matt Duffie
Michael Collins
8
Reserves
8
Yusuke Niwai
Masataka Mikami
Yasuo Yamaji
Yuya Odo
Yoshitaka Tokunaga
Kaito Shigeno
Jumpei Ogura
Ryohei Yamanaka
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Epalahame Faiva
Pauliasi Manu
Sione Mafileo
Joshua Goodhue
Jerome Kaino
Sam Nock
Stephen Perofeta
Rene Ranger