It was the Japanese side’s first win on Australian soil in Super Rugby, to go alongside their first win in New Zealand earlier this season against the Chiefs.
The Australian side rested some key players, and their absence was certainly noticed, particularly Bernard Foley’s, but that does not take anything away from a Sunwolves team that defended superbly, and took it to a Waratahs defence that had received a lot of plaudits going into the match.
The Sunwolves have had a lot of attention this past week, after being controversially axed from Super Rugby following the 2020 season. In light of this news, and their performance, many fans have questioned the decision-making of SANZAAR on Twitter. This is what they are saying:
— Moyletra (@Moyletra) March 29, 2019
Yea, its a shame they are being kicked out of Super rugby and their starts this season is amazing….esp their game against the chiefs was epic!
— KING (@KevaNjoroge) March 29, 2019
And you want to ditch tje wolves. Come on. A petion need be launced.
— MJ.Young (@mjyoung67) March 29, 2019
sunwolves to super rugby…… pic.twitter.com/w7RDrWxfWr
— Pelez (@pelez80) March 29, 2019
— korey (@ciderchook) March 29, 2019
— Boardroom_bully (@Khesmoney) March 29, 2019
Of the two teams that played rugby in Newcastle tonight can you believe the Sunwolves are the ones getting punted from the comp. #WARvSUN
— Lachlan McKay (@LachlanMcKay) March 29, 2019
That’s their reply to being told they’re getting scrapped in a few years
— Thomas ?? (@thomasjlangley) March 29, 2019
— Callum (@ShutUpStott) March 29, 2019
Sunwolves getting good. No wonder South African wanted rid of them.
— Ryan Nixadipo (@NewYorkNixon) March 29, 2019
@SuperRugby maybe sanzaar must review the decision about the @sunwolves. 2 big wins for them and both of them is away from home. Well done to Tony Brown and his team. @SuperSportTV @SuperRugbyNZ @AllBlacks
— Tiaan du Toit (@ToitTiaan) March 29, 2019
Amazing win for the Sunwolves. And a huge fuck you to SANZAAR for kicking them out of the comp. #WARvSUN
— Dan Condon (@doncandon) March 29, 2019
Of course, the decision to remove the Sunwolves from Super Rugby had many more factors to it than simply their performances, as there was financial difficulty. However, based on how they played against the Waratahs, many fans are bewildered that the decision has been made.
While their performance was not great against the Lions in Singapore last weekend, the Sunwolves came to prove their doubters wrong in Australia this weekend. Many fans feel that this is the perfect response from the Japanese team, who would have been licking their wounds this week.
The Sunwolves played good rugby against the Waratahs, and it is clear that they are a team that are progressing in their fourth season in the competition, and fans were saying that out of the two teams, it is hard to believe that the Sunwolves are getting the ones getting the chop.
Nonetheless, after what has surely been a turbulent week, this was the perfect way for the Sunwolves to make a statement.
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