Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Honey Badger celebrates his first 30 minutes of Japanese rugby with a win.

Nick Cummins came as a substitute in the 10th minute of the second half when his team, Coca-Cola Red Sparks was trailing visitors NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes by one point. Just three minutes after Cummins taking his first steps in the Top League his team mate Toyota Masakazu scored Red Sparks’ second try which resulted decisive with South African Riaan Viljoen missing two penalty kicks that could have drawn the game.
Kawaguchi Kohei scored Red Sparks’ first try just five minutes into the match.
Nick Cummins - photo Getty

Berrick Barns enjoyed a large 47-22 victory with his Panasonic Wild Knights but was forced out of the game for a blood substitution midway through the first half and didn’t revert back to the field after that. Before leaving the pitch the aussie flyhalf scored 3/3 from the tee with two penalties and one conversion.
Fellow australian Daniel Heenan scored a try at the 36th minute of a largely Panasonic dominated first half.
Barnes from the tee - Photo Getty

New Zealand born Tongan international Siale Piutau scored and four tries in NEC Green Rocket’s 55 – 7 demolition by Yamaha Júbilo at their home. The centre exploded in the second half when he crossed the whitewash for the first time in the second minute to repeat himself at the ninth, twenty-sixth and thirty-third minute. The visiting Júbilo finished with eight tries overall with a brace from hooker Takeshi Hino and singles for outside centre Masatoshi Miyazawa and experienced kiwi number eight Mose Tuiali’i. Yamaha is the only team with two bonus tries in two matches and leads pool A in front of Brave Lupus.

Suntory Sungoliath wins over Toyota Verblitz in an hard fought match at Toyota in Aichi.
South African Suntory's openside flanker Shalk Burger was named Man of the Match wich saw only two tries scored. First over the line for the hosts was kiwi blindside Thomas Deryck and in the second half winger Takaaki Nakaduru sealed the win for the hosts with a try at the 16th minute.
Burger awarded Man of Match at the end of the game - Photo RJP
New Zealanders Adam Thomson starred in Canon Eagles’ 33 – 21 win over the Ricoh Black Rams. The openside flanker scored three tries in the first half but fellow New Zealander Daniel Peters kept the visitors in touch with an excellent display from the tee. Eventually the host got over the line thanks to eventual Man of the Match Miyayanagi Hashino and aussie Tim Bennets tries

In the other matches:

South African Elton Jantjies lost his battle from the tee against Toshiba Brave Lupus’ Takahiro Ogawa in his new team, the NTT Shining Arcs, 23 – 16 defeat.

A brace from Man of the Match Katsuyuki Sakai was fundamental in Mark Gerrard’s Toyota Shuttles’ win against newcomers Munakata Blues.

Kobelco Steelers comfortably beat Kinetsu Liners 26 – 3

All the results

Pool A
Toshiba Brave Lupus NTT - Communications Shining Arcs 23 – 16
Panasonic Wild Knights - Kubota Spears 47 - 22
Toyota Shuttles - Fukuoka Sanix Blues 31 - 14
NEC Green Rockets - Yamaha Júbilo 7 - 55

Pool B
Canon Eagles - Ricoh Black Rams 33 - 21
Toyota Verblitz - Suntory Sungoliath 10 - 13
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers - Kinetsu Liners 26 - 3
Coca-Cola Red Sparks - NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes 15 - 9
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