Cape Town – The Sunwolves have gotten their 2020 Super Rugby season onto a winning start as they stunned the Rebels in their opening match in Level5 Stadium on Saturday morning.
The home side won 36-27 after leading 22-13 at half-time.
The Japanese outfit scored five tries in the match through Keisuke Moriya, Jaba Bregvadze, Tautalatasi Tasi, James Dargaville and Garth April.
Former Sharks flyhalf April added five conversions and a penalty.
The Rebels crossed the whitewash four times thanks to Anaru Rangi, Dane Haylett-Petty, Andrew Kellaway and Andrew Deegan.
Meanwhile, Matt Toomua slotted a conversion and a penalty with replacement Reece Hodge adding a conversion.
Next week the Rebels will take on the Brumbles on Friday, February 7 at 10:15 SA time, while the Sunwolves have a bye.
Tries: Keisuke Moriya, Jaba Bregvadze, Tautalatasi Tasi, James Dargaville, Garth April
Conversions: April (5)
Tries: Anaru Rangi, Dane Haylett-Petty, Andrew Kellaway, Andrew Deegan
Conversions: Matt Toomua, Reece Hodge
Penalty: Matt Toomua
15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Brendon O’Connor, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams
Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Mitch Jacobson, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht
15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Rob Leota, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga
Substitutes: 16 Steve Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Theo Strang, 23 Andrew Deegan
– Compiled by Lynn Butler