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40
38
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Sunwolves
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Super Rugby
Saturday 17 March 2018, 11:15am EDT

Lions v Sunwolves

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  • FT
  • ConversionRyoto Nakamura
    79'
  • TRY!Atsushi Sakate
    79'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    72'
  • TRY!Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    71'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    62'
  • TRY!Malcolm Marx
    61'
  • ConversionRyoto Nakamura
    59'
  • TRY!Kazuki Himeno
    58'
  • ConversionWill Tupou
    51'
  • TRY!Hosea Saumaki
    50'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    41'
  • TRY!Aphiwe Dyantyi
    40'
  • HT
  • ConversionWill Tupou
    31'
  • TRY!Craig Millar
    30'
  • TRY!Malcolm Marx
    26'
  • ConversionWill Tupou
    22'
  • TRY!Kotaro Matsushima
    21'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    19'
  • TRY!Marvin Orie
    18'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    9'
  • TRY!Andries Coetzee
    7'
  • Penalty GoalWill Tupou
    1'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
343
505
Metres
25
41
Carries
35
31
Defenders beaten
11
6
Clean breaks
115
131
Passes
0
11
Offloads
18
9
Turnovers conceded
11
9
Turnovers won
86
97
Tackles
31
35
Missed tackles
Lions T C P
15 Andries Coetzee 1 0 0
14 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 1 0 0
13 Lionel Mapoe 0 0 0
12 Harold Vorster 0 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 1 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies 0 5 0
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
1 Dylan Smith 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 2 0 0
3 Jacobie Adriaanse 0 0 0
4 Lourens Erasmus 0 0 0
5 Marvin Orie 1 0 0
6 Kwagga Smith 0 0 0
7 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
8 Len Massyn 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Robbie Coetzee 0 0 0
17 Sithembiso Sithole 0 0 0
18 Johannes Jonker 0 0 0
19 Robert Kruger 0 0 0
20 Marnus Schoeman 0 0 0
21 Marco Jansen Van Vuuren 0 0 0
22 Howard Mnisi 0 0 0
23 Shaun Reynolds 0 0 0
Sunwolves T C P
15 Kotaro Matsushima 1 0 0
14 Lomano Lemeki 0 0 0
13 Will Tupou 0 3 1
12 Michael Little 0 0 0
11 Hosea Saumaki 1 0 0
10 Harumichi Tatekawa 0 0 0
9 Yutaka Nagare 0 0 0
1 Craig Millar 1 0 0
2 Yusuke Niwai 0 0 0
3 Jiwon Koo 0 0 0
4 Kazuki Himeno 1 0 0
5 Wimpie van der Walt 0 0 0
6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga 0 0 0
7 Pieter Labuschagne 0 0 0
8 Michael Leitch 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Atsushi Sakate 1 0 0
17 Shintaro Ishihara 0 0 0
18 Hencus van Wyk 0 0 0
19 Grant Hattingh 0 0 0
20 Willie Britz 0 0 0
21 Keisuke Uchida 0 0 0
22 Ryoto Nakamura 0 2 0
23 Ryuji Noguchi 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
4 Lions 63 46
15 Sunwolves 28 14
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  • FULL TIME - It's all over in Johannesburg and an incredible 80 minutes of Super Rugby comes to an end.  The Sunwolves pushed the more highly fancied Lions right until the final whistle but ultimately came up just short of recording one of the biggest upsets in Super Rugby history.  The Lions hang on and extend their lead at the top of the South African conference with a 40-38 victory over the Sunwolves.
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  • This one is going all the way down to the final whistle!  From the last line of defence, Kotaro Matsushima thumps the ball downfield into open space where the ball bounces wickedly and straight into the arms of Ryoto Nakamura - he hands the ball off to Willie Britz who in turn sends Atsushi Sakate on his way to the try line.
    80'''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sunwolves (Ryoto Nakamura) 40-38 Lions
    80''
  • Try
    TRY! Sunwolves (Atsushi Sakate) 40-36 Lions
    79''
  • The Lions look to attack down the left hand side but Aphiwe Dyantyi can't get a handle on the ball and so the Sunwolves will get another crack with the scrum feed - though time is against the visitors now.
    77''
  • A handling error from the Lions in midfield with a mix up between Ross Cronje and Rohan Janse van Rensburg resulting in a knock on - the Sunwolves back in possession via a scrum feed.
    75''
  • The Lions finally find some breathing space!  Terrific set piece play from the home side to spin the ball left from the line out and into the hands of Rohan Janse van Rensburg who does superbly to ride the tackle before spearing over the try line.
    73''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 40-31 Lions
    73''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Rohan Janse van Rensburg) 38-31 Lions
    72''
  • Penalty to the Lions who have a decision to make.  It's in a very kickable position but the home side elects to kick for touch in the corner.
    70''
  • The Lions breathe a sigh of relief following a brilliant steal in the line out from Francois Mostert - a subsequent penalty to the home side will give Elton Jantjies a chance to take play back up to half way.
    68''
  • So close here for the Sunwolves!  The visitors come up just short of the line but have won a crucial penalty.  After some deliberation, the decision is to kick for touch in the corner.
    67''
  • A penalty to the Sunwolves in the middle of the field - Ryoto Nakamura's kick for touch puts the visitors back into attacking territory, just inside the Lions' 22.
    65''
  • This time it is the Lions who hit back with the quick response!  The home side finally get their rolling maul to click into gear and, with the Sunwolves' defence split open, Malcom Marx comes charging through to score his second try of the match.
    63''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 33-31 Lions
    63''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Malcolm Marx) 31-31
    62''
  • The Sunwolves are into the lead!  The ball bobbles around before landing in the arms of Kazuki Himeno who, with just the try line ahead, strides away before dotting down under the posts.
    61''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sunwolves (Ryoto Nakamura) 31-26 Sunwolves
    61''
  • Try
    TRY! Sunwolves (Kazuki Himeno) 29-26 Sunwolves
    59''
  • Outstanding defence once again from the Sunwolves right on their own line!  The Lions come streaming through with numbers however Michael Leitch keeps his feet over the ball to prevent it from coming out.
    57''
  • A timely penalty to the Lions and Elton Jantjies' superb kick for touch gives the home side an excellent attacking platform.
    56''
  • A terrific exit strategy from the Sunwolves with Harumichi Tatekawa's kick for touch taking play all the way up to the half way line.
    55''
  • The Sunwolves come up with a response once again!  The visitors spread the ball quickly out into space on the left hand side and into the hands of Hosea Saumaki - the explosive winger pins his ears back,  brilliantly bursting through three tackles on his way to the corner flag.
    53''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sunwolves (William Tupou) 26-24 Lions
    52''
  • Try
    TRY! Sunwolves (Hosea Saumaki) 26-22 Lions
    51''
  • Malcolm Marx is through the gap and on his way to the try line however the pass from Elton Jantjies was clearly forward - scrum feed to the Sunwolves.
    50''
  • Terrific defence from the Lions at the break down prevents the Sunwolves from recycliing the ball and the home side are rewarded with a penalty.
    49''
  • A well placed touch finder from Harumichi Tatekawa once again drives the Lions all the way back inside their 22.
    47''
  • Elton Jantjies, pinned down deep in the Lions' 22, exits effectively with a well placed touch finder that takes play up towards the Lions' 10m line.
    45''
  • A short arm free kick to the Sunwolves after the scrum went down and the visitors waste no time in spreading right.
    45''
  • Just the start to the second half the Lions were looking for!  Harumichi Tatekawa's attempted clearance is charged down by Aphiwe Dyantyi who gathers on the follow through to score in the opening seconds of this second half.
    43''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 26-17 Lions
    42''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Aphiwe Dyantyi) 24-17 Lions
    41''
  • SECOND HALF - The Lions kick off to get the second half underway.
    41''
  • HALF TIME - The whistle sounds to end a remarkable first half in Johannesburg!  The Lions looked like pulling away on a couple of occasions in the opening 40 minutes but the Sunwolves dug deep and were able to come up with the quick response on each occasion.  The Lions head into the break with a 19-17 lead over the Sunwolves.
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  • So close for the Sunwolves!  The visitors almost grab the lead in the shadows of half time but the ball just doesn't stay inside the field of play for Yoshitaka Tokunaga's desperate dive in the corner.
    38''
  • A timely penalty to the Sunwolves against Ross Cronje right on their line will give the visitors a chance to exit their defensive territory.
    36''
  • The Sunwolves' defence has been outstanding with the visitors able to nullify the Lions' powerful rolling maul on several occasions in this opening half.
    35''
  • The Sunwolves hit back again!  A clever box kick from Yutaka Nagare has Ross Cronje under all sorts of pressure - the Lions' scrum-half is smashed in the tackle with the ball coming loose before quick hands from the visitors puts Craig Millar over in the corner.
    33''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sunwolves (William Tupou) 19-17 Lions
    32''
  • Try
    TRY! Sunwolves (Craig Millar) 19-15 Lions
    31''
  • The Lions are in for their third try of the match!  With the penalty advantage being played, the Lions clean out effectively opening the path for Malcolm Marx who picks and drives from close range to find the paint.
    28''
  • MISS! Elton Jantjies pulls his conversion attempt well away to the right hand side and the flags stay down.
    28''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Malcolm Marx) 19-10 Lions
    26''
  • The Sunwolves hit back with their first try of the match!  The visitors come up just short of the line but Yutaka Nagare quickly spreads the ball to Kotaro Matsushima who builds up some momentum and from close range there is no stopping the fullback.
    24''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sunwolves (William Tupou) 14-10 Lions
    23''
  • Try
    TRY! Sunwolves (Kotaro Matsushima) 14-8 Lions
    23''
  • The Lions are in for their second try of the match!  Against the feed, a massive shove from the Lions' pack results in the ball spurting out the back where Marvin Orie pounces on it to score.
    21''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 14-3 Lions
    21''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Marvin Orie) 12-3 Lions
    20''
  • A break in play with the Lions' number 8 Len Massyn receiving treatment but he eventually gets to his feet and looks set to continue.
    19''
  • The Lions get the rolling maul moving forward but once again, hard up against their own line, the Sunwolves are able to defend grimly and come up with the turnover.
    17''
  • Harold Vorster dabs the ball through inside the Sunwolves' 22 but Harumichi Tatekawa under enormous pressure does brilliantly to gather cleanly before gaining some valuable metres for the visitors.
    15''
  • The Sunwolves do well to keep the ball alive and edge their way towards the Lions' 22 but they will not advance any further - the penalty is awarded to the home side who now have a chance to exit their territory.
    13''
  • Penalty to the Sunwolves!  The visitors take the quick tap before spreading to the left.
    12''
  • The Lions are in for the first try of the match!  Malcolm Marx gets some go-forward for the home side and makes the break down the middle of the field before flinging the pass out wide to the unmarked Andries Coetzee - the full back has some work to do but he drives powerfully for the corner and finds the line.
    10''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 7-3 Lions
    10''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Andries Coetzee) 5-3 Lions
    8''
  • Turnover to the Sunwolves!  The Lions muscle their way to within 5m of the try line but the Sunwolves' defence manages to keep them out and they are rewarded with the scrum feed.
    6''
  • A penalty to the Lions but there are some early warning signs for the home side who are yet to fully switch on in the opening minutes of this first half.
    4''
  • First points to the Sunwolves!  William Tupou makes no mistake with his kick and the visitors take an early lead.
    3''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Sunwolves (William Tupou) 3-0 Sunwolves
    2''
  • The Sunwolves catch the Lions off-guard from the kick off and are awarded an early penalty right in front of the posts.
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - The Sunwolves kick off and we are underway in the first half!
    1''
  • The Lions will be champing at the bit to hit the turf and atone for a shock defeat to the Blues last week.  Despite the loss, the Lions are sitting well clear at the top of the South African conference and will be warm favourites this afternoon - the last time these two sides met, the Lions recorded a thumping 94-7 victory over the Japanese based side.
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  • The Sunwolves currently sit at the bottom of the Australian conference with just a point to their name but will be keen to add to that this evening against the Lions.  They were comfortably beaten by the Sharks last week but played a lot better than the 50-22 scoreline suggests.
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  • The second match of the South African double header comes to you from Ellis Park in Johannesburg where the Lions will play host to the Sunwolves.
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