Dan Carter has led the Kobe Kobelco Steelers to victory in the Top League final in Japan.
Suntory Sungoliath were thrashed 55-5 by Steelers at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.
Carter lined up opposite old foe Matt Giteau at 10, and orchestrated what was to be a one sided affair. The win is the Steelers first League win since the inaugural Top League season in 2003-04.
Carter kicked six conversions and a penalty.
? CHAMPIONS ??
Kobelco Steelers have won the All-Japan Championship for the first time in 18 years after defeating Suntory 55-5 in the final ?
Silverware for Dan Carter in his first season with the club. ? pic.twitter.com/OR47xeE7pZ
— Japan Rugby Club (@JapanRugbyClub) December 15, 2018
Following the game, Steelers headcoach Dave Dillon said: “You get what you prepare for and our preparation was awesome, especially leading into this game.”
In the 2017-2018 season, they finished fifth overall on the final Japan Rugby Top League table. Kobe have consistently finished between third and sixth every season.
This season saw the team undergo a major overhaul. Aside from Carter, new signing included Tom Franklin, Hayden Parker and centre Richard Buckman, adding to the likes of former All Black halfback Andy Ellis and Adam Ashley-Cooper, who were already at the club.
Tries: Fraser 2, Yamanaka 2, Arita, Ashley-Cooper, Franklin, Hattingh
Cons: Carter 5
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