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As it happened: Sunwolves 21 Bulls 20

2017-04-08 09:05
Last Updated at 23:13
08 Apr 09:07
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08 Apr 09:06
08 Apr 08:59

80' - The Sunwolves turn the ball over, kick it out into touch and it's all over in Tokyo!

What a famous win for the home side!

Where to now for the Bulls? Their shocking season has hit rock bottom. 

08 Apr 08:58
80' - Jenkins steals the Sunwolves lineout throw and the Bulls will attack from just outside their own 22m line. 
08 Apr 08:57

79' - What defence by the Sunwolves!

They saw off close to 15 phases from the Bulls and win a breakdown penalty as Snyman is tackled and doesn't release.

Serfontein back on the field. His time in the bin was certainly costly. 

08 Apr 08:55
78' - A last chance for the Bulls, they have possession on the 10m line of the Sunwolves. 
08 Apr 08:54

76' - Brummer's attempt sails to the left of the uprights...

The Sunwolves still lead by 1. 

08 Apr 08:53

75' - And now the Bulls have a penalty as the Sunwolves are pinged at the breakdown.

Francois Brummer, on as a replacement for Schoeman will have a shot at goal. 

08 Apr 08:52

74' - PENALTY slotted by the Sunwolves

They lead again!

Sunwolves 21 Bulls 20

08 Apr 08:51

72' - The Sunwolves are straight back onto the attack and have a penalty thanks to a high tackle by the Bulls.

Replacement Tamura will have a shot at goal. 

This is for the lead...

08 Apr 08:47

70' - TRY to the Sunwolves

After opting for scrum, the Sunwolves take the ball through a number of phases, eventually getting it wide to Nakazuru who is unmarked on the right wing.

Cripps converts. Game on!

Sunwolves 18 Bulls 20

08 Apr 08:45

69' - YELLOW CARD for Serfontein

The Bulls centre will spend 10 minutes in the bin for a professional foul. 

08 Apr 08:45

68' - Butchered!

The Sunwolves break into the Bulls 22m area but Matsushima opts to go it alone despite two men on his inside. 

The Sunwolves have a penalty, however, and Serfontein will go to the bin for a professional foul. 

08 Apr 08:41

65' - TRY to the Bulls!

After numerous phases of possession, the Sunwolves turn the ball over in their own half. The Bulls work the ball to Ismaiel on the right wing and he gets over in the corner after beating a few defenders.

Schoeman converts from the touchline and the Bulls have some breathing space. 

Sunwolves 11 Bulls 20 

08 Apr 08:36

In other news, the Blitzboks have beaten Kenya at the Hong Kong Sevens.

08 Apr 08:35

59' - Poor from the Bulls! Kirsten cannot control the lineout ball and knocks on.

Possible should have taken the points on offer!

08 Apr 08:34
58' - A massive Bulls scrum wins another penalty. It's in Schoeman's range but the sets up a lineout 15m from the Sunwolves line. 
08 Apr 08:33
56' - A Schoeman bomb is well fielded by Kotaro Matsushima initially, but then he loses control. The Bulls have a scrum on half-way. 
08 Apr 08:31

55' Timothy Lafaele gets over the line for the Sunwolves but the try is disallowed as there was a handling error in the build-up play. 

The Bulls breath a sigh of relief. 

08 Apr 08:29
53' - Great work by the Sunwolves, keeping the ball in hand and putting the Bulls under pressure. A little kick ahead in space is just cleaned up by Gelant but he has taken the ball over the try line to give the home side a 5m attacking scrum. 
08 Apr 08:27


Paige is replaced by Ivan van Zyl

08 Apr 08:25
49' - Brilliant work from Lizo Gqoboka as he steals the Sunwolves ball at the breakdown and storms upfield. Unfortunately, he cannot get his pass away cleanly and the Sunwolves have a scrum just outside their own 22m area. 
08 Apr 08:23

48' - PENALTY slotted by the Bulls.

Schoeman makes no mistake and the Bulls have the lead for the first time in the match.

Sunwolves 11 Bulls 13

08 Apr 08:22

47' - The Sunwolves deal with the Bulls rolling maul, forcing the visitors to take the ball wide. They win another penalty with the Sunwolves backs all offside.

Schoeman will now kick at goal from right in front. 

08 Apr 08:20
46' - Penalty to the Bulls. Again they opt for lineout instead of taking the points on offer. 
08 Apr 08:18
44' - The Sunwolves win the resulting scrum and Cripps finds touch near the half-way line. 
08 Apr 08:16
42' - Nothing comes from it, however as the Bulls themselves knock-on. 
08 Apr 08:15
40' - The Bulls are straight onto the attack after the Sunwolves knock-on from the kick-off. Another Sunwolves knock-on at the breakdown give the visitors an excellent platform to launch and attack just inside the 22m area. 
08 Apr 08:13
40' - Schoeman kicks off and the second half is underway!
08 Apr 08:13
Second half about to get underway in Tokyo. 
08 Apr 08:02


Sunwolves 11 Bulls 10

Lots of errors from both sides. 

08 Apr 08:01

40' - Some excitement, finally!

Travis Ismaiel collects a Sunwolves kick ahead, beats a defending and chips the ball into the Sunwolves 22m area but a defender comes across to hack the ball out.

And that's half-time!

08 Apr 07:59

39' - Odendaal makes some metres, looks to offload but the Bulls knock-on. 

Not the greatest first half of rugby every witnessed!

08 Apr 07:57

37' - The Sunwolves have possession in the final few minutes of the first half. They look for field position but the ball isn't kicked out.

Schoeman returns with interest with an excellent kick into the Sunwolves 22m area. 

08 Apr 07:55

A reminder that the Blitzboks play two pool games at the Hong Kong Sevens this morning.

07:56 South Africa v Kenya

11:56 South Africa v Canada

08 Apr 07:53

34' - Very sloppy from both sides now.

A knock-on by the Bulls gives possession back to the home team. We are still in the same position on the field we were three minutes ago!

08 Apr 07:51
33' - Turnover to the Sunwolves and they are happy to launch an attack from their own half. A knock-on, however, gifts the ball to the Bulls. 
08 Apr 07:50

32' - Paige tries a little snipe around the fringes but this time the Sunwolves are waiting for him. 

08 Apr 07:48
30' - A bullocking run from Kirsten from a standing start sees the home side need around three defenders to pull him down. 
08 Apr 07:46

27' - An excellent break by Paige puts the Bulls on the front foot and inside the Sunwolves 22m area. Another breakdown penalty, this time against the Sunwolves.

Schoeman looks to set up a lineout but fluffs his attempt, kicking the ball far too long resulting in a 22m drop-out for the home side. 

Why didn't the Bulls just kick the penalty?

08 Apr 07:43

25' - PENALTY slotted by the Bulls!

Schoeman sends the ball sailing through the uprights as the Bulls cut the Sunwolves lead to one point.

Sunwolves 11 Bulls 10

  • 80'

    Jenkins win the lineout for the Bulls and they launch an attack inside their half. Great work by the Sunwolves to keep the Bulls inside their own half. The Sunwolves turn it over and finds touch.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: What a contest this was and a well deserved win and all credit to the Sunwolves. The Serfontein yellow card had an impact on this game and the missed kick by Brummer, did not help the Bulls either.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    The Bulls attack again after the restart. They make good ground and put together 15 phases. The Sunwolves then win a penalty, as Snyman fails to release the ball in the tackle. That was poor from the Bulls. The Sunwolves opt for a lineout.

  • 77'

    The Bulls now win a penalty in a kickable position. Moli failed to roll away from the ruck. They go for goal and Brummer messes it up. That is a costly miss.

  • 75'

    PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, TAMURA! 21-20: Tamura sends his team into the lead again.

  • 74'

    The Sunwolves are going all out on the attack now and win a penalty, as Potgieter goes off his feet in the ruck. Tamura goes for goal.

  • 71'

    CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, TAMURA! 18-20: Tamura narrows the gap.

  • 70'

    TRY, SUNWOLVES, NAKAZURU! 16-20: The Sunwolves secure their scrum and controls it well. They then decide to go wide and the lofted pass finds Nakazuru, who goes over in the corner and scores!

  • 69'

    YELLOW CARD, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 11-20: Matsushima breaks for the Sunwolves and the Bulls does well to stop him from scoring. The Sunwolves win a penalty and Serfontein is yellow carded, for a second offence. The Sunwolves opt for a scrum.

  • 67'

    The Bulls attack again after the restart and move all the way to the Sunwolves ten metre line. The Sunwolves then turn it over, only to lose it again, after three phases.

  • 66'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 11-20: What a kick by Schoeman to extend the lead.

  • 64'

    TRY, BULLS, ISMAIEL! 11-18: The Sunwolves start an attack deep inside their half. It is turned over by the Bulls and Travis Ismaiel runs from outside the Sunwolves 22, to go over in the corner and score!

  • 62'

    Odendaal drives forward for the Bulls. De Jager then makes good ground and offloads well. They continue to go forward, but then Van Zyl kicks it away.

  • 60'

    They secure the lineout, but again it is turned over. That has been their story today.

  • 59'

    Van Zyl feeds a scrum, but again the Bulls win a penalty in the scrum. Schoeman applies the pressure and the Bulls will feed a lineout deep inside the Sunwolves half.

  • 58'

    The Bulls secure a penalty and gain much needed relief, as Ito is penalised for collapsing the scrum. They opt for a lineout. After securing the lineout they lose possession, but then the Sunwolves knocks it on.

  • 56'

    The Bulls counter shoves in the scrum but the Sunwolves still secure the ball. Tanaka sends the pass to the left, but it is knocked on.

  • 55'

    Ismaiel takes yet another high ball. Schoeman then sends it high. The Sunwolves counter attack by way of Tanaka. They make good ground and kick the ball forward. The Bulls are forced to take it over their line and the Sunwolves will feed a scrum five metres from the Bulls line.

  • 53'

    The Sunwolves win a penalty and what relief that is for them. That was silly from Paige, who was clearly offside. The Sunwolves will feed a lineout on the halfway line.

  • 51'

    Gqoboko sees a gap and make good ground after the restart. Unfortunately he knocks it on in the tackle, for a scrum inside the Sunwolves half.

  • 49'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 11-13: The Bulls take the lead after a good Schoeman strike.

  • 48'

    They secure their lineout and drive forward. After eight phases the Bulls win another penalty, as the Sunwolves go offside. Schoeman goes for goal.

  • 47'

    After a period of kicking up and down the field by both teams, Paige and Schoeman sends the ball wide. They progress into the Sunwolves half. They win a penalty after Fukuoka fails to release the ball in the tackle. They opt for touch.

  • 45'

    Tanaka goes wide after the scrum and Tamura finds touch for a Bulls lineout on their ten metre line.

  • 43'

    The Bulls regain possession after the restart. They drive forward well and win a scrum 15 metres from the Sunwolves line. They fail to progress further and the ball is turned over yet again. Good work by the Sunwolves.

  • 41'

    Schoeman starts proceedings in the second half.

  • 40'

    Ismaiel takes it well again and kicks forward. The bounce of the ball favours the Sunwolves and it goes over the dead ball line, as we head for half time.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME: The Sunwolves are in the lead in this very close game. The Bulls had their chances, but have only themselves to blame. They have made too many handling errors.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Ismaiel, takes a high kick and carries it well. They go forward, but then again we have a knock on. Sloppy from the Bulls. The Sunwolves will feed a scrum inside their half.

  • 38'

    The Bulls secure the lineout, but then kick possession away. They somehow manage to get it back, only to try another kick. The Sunwolves will feed a lineout inside their 22, after Schoeman finds touch.

  • 37'

    The Cripps high kick is well taken by the Bulls, but again the Sunwolves turn it over. The Bulls however win a penalty, as Vosayaco collapses the maul. They go for touch and we have a lineout inside the Bulls half.

  • 35'

    Paige feeds a Bulls scrum, but fails to hold onto the ball. We have a Sunwolves scrum. What a waste for the Bulls.

  • 33'

    The Bulls win the lineout ball, but then the Sunwolves turn it over.

  • 31'

    Schoeman breaks the line and is stopped in his tracks. They then kick for the corner and finds touch. The Sunwolves take the quick throw and then they find touch for a Bulls lineout.

  • 30'

    The Sunwolves launch an attack after the kick off. Matsuhashi did well and made good ground before being dragged into touch.

  • 29'

    They go for the lineout, but the kick goes into touch behind the goal line. Frustration for the Bulls. That could have been three points.

  • 28'

    The Sunwolves feed a lineout on the halfway line, but the Bulls secure it. Odendaal and Serfontein then connects well, as the Bulls go forward. The Bulls win a penalty, as Vosayaco fails to release the ball in the tackle.

  • 26'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 11-10: Schoeman keeps his composure and narrows the gap.

  • 25'

    Odendaal finds a gap and breaks the line. The Bulls gain momentum and win a penalty for a high tackle against Odendaal. They go for goal.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, CRIPPS! 11-7: Cripps slots the penalty from 38 metres.

  • 23'

    The Bulls did well to make it back into Sunwolves half, but it is turned over. We have had quite a few turnovers thus far. The Sunwolves win a penalty, as Gelant fails to release the ball in the tackle.

  • 22'

    They win their scrum and Cripps launches another box kick behind the Bulls line. Ismaiel did well to secure the ball. The Sunwolves have a scrum inside Bulls territory.

  • 20'

    Schoeman kicks deep into the ingoal area of the Sunwolves and they come all the way back, for a Sunwolves scrum inside the Bulls half.

  • 18'

    Tanaka feeds the scrum, but the Bulls win a free kick, as Niwai is penalised. The Bulls launch an attack but fail to make good ground.

  • 16'

    The Sunwolves feed a lineout on the Bulls ten metre line. They win it and drive forward. The Bulls knock it on and we have a Sunwolves scrum just outside the Bulls 22.

  • 14'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 8-7: Schoeman adds the extra two.

  • 13'

    Schoeman goes after a high ball, but knocks it on. The Sunwolves then finds touch just inside their half.

  • 13'

    TRY, BULLS, ODENDAAL! 8-5: The Bulls secure the lineout and then Odendaal sidesteps and finds a gap. He goes all the way and scores!

  • 11'

    PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, CRIPPS! 8-0: This time Cripps slots a good kick.

  • 10'

    The Sunwolves win another penalty and they opt for another lineout. This time they secure their lineout and go forward. The Sunwolves win another penalty, as Gqoboko is offside. They go for goal again.

  • 8'

    Cripps misses the conversion.

  • 7'

    TRY, SUNWOLVES, VOSAYACO! 5-0: Cripps kicked behind the Bulls line and the bounced favoured the Sunwolves. They follow up nicely and the passes are good, as Vosayaco, finally goes over in the corner and scores!

  • 6'

    Cripps misses the penalty, as it strays left. They come away with nothing after that good build up.

  • 5'

    The Bulls launch an attack inside their half and it is turned over, as the Sunwolves lead a counter attack. Good play by Cripps and Carpenter takes them deep into Bulls territory. They then secure a penalty on the Bulls ten metre line. They decide to go for the points. That was a patient build up by the Sunwolves.

  • 3'

    An early Bulls kick after the kick off is charged down, but they retain possession. The Sunwolves win a penalty as Jenkins is penalised for a late tackle. They go for a lineout inside the Bulls 22, but the Bulls secure the lineout.

  • 1'

    Our Referee today is Will Houston, from Australia. Hayden Cripps starts proceedings here in Tokyo.

  • 0'

    The Sunwolves have made several changes to their starting line-up. Kotaro Matsushima, Takaaki Nakazuru, Hayden Cripps and Fumiaki Tanaka all come into the backline. They replace Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, Shota Emi, Jumpei Ogura and Keisuke Uchida. In the forwards, Yasuo Yamaji comes in at tighthead prop in place of Heiichiro Ito, Uwe Helu replaces Sam Wykes at lock while Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, Shuhei Matsuhashi and Yoshitaka Tokunaga form a new look back row, replacing Willie Britz, Shokei Kin and Ed Quirk respectively.

  • 0'

    The Bulls have also made a few changes. Tian Schoeman will start in place of Handré Pollard, who along with Jesse Kriel, are being rested as part of a SA Rugby agreement. Kriel will be replaced at fulback by Warrick Gelant. Up front, Jannes Kirsten will start in place of injured Ruan Steenkamp, Hanro Liebenberg returns at number eight and takes over from injured Arno Botha and Jason Jenkins will partner RG Snyman at lock, with Lood de Jager out injured. Martin Dreyer, who replaced John-Roy Jenkinson on tour, will take over from Jacobie Adriaanse on the bench, while Jacques Potgieter, Ivan van Zyl and Franco Naude, will also be on the bench. Potgieter has been named the back-up lock, Van Zyl will cover for the injured Piet van Zyl and Naude will cover the midfield and outside backs. Francois Brummer, who joined the team in New Zealand already, back up Schoeman.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Sunwolves and the Bulls, from the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, in Tokyo.

  • 0'

    Both of these teams will be desperate for a win today. Together they have only won, one match out of a possible 10 played thus far and that was when the Bulls won when they last met a few weeks ago

Jump to

Sunwolves Bulls
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 6' Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
    • 69' Takaaki Nakazuru
    • 12' Burger Odendaal
    • 63' Travis Ismaiel
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 70' Yu Tamura
    • 13' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 65' Tiaan Schoeman
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 10' Hayden Cripps
    • 23' Hayden Cripps
    • 74' Yu Tamura
    • 25' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 48' Tiaan Schoeman
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 68' Jan Serfontein
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Koki Yamamoto
  • Yusuke Niwai
  • Yasuo Yamaji
  • Liaki Moli
  • Uwe Helu
  • Yoshitaka Tokunaga
  • Shuhei Matsuhashi
  • Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Hayden Cripps
  • Kenki Fukuoka
  • Derek Carpenter
  • Timothy Lafaele
  • Takaaki Nakazuru
  • Kotaro Matsushima
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Lizo Gqoboka
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jason Jenkins
  • RG Snyman
  • Nick de Jager
  • Jannes Kirsten
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Rudy Paige
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jamba Ulengo
  • Burger Odendaal
  • Jan Serfontein
  • Travis Ismaiel
  • Warrick Gelant
  • Takeshi Kizu
  • Keita Inagaki
  • Heiichiro Ito
  • Sam Wykes
  • Shunsuke Nunomaki
  • Yuki Yatomi
  • Yu Tamura
  • Ryohei Yamanaka
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Jaco Visagie
  • Pierre Schoeman
  • Martin Dreyer
  • Hendre Stassen
  • Jaques Potgieter
  • Ivan van Zyl
  • Francois Brummer
  • Franco Naude

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