Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kobelco Steelers and Suntory Sungoliath remain undefeated after 4ht round.

Pool B

Similar pattern in the games for the two leaders of Top League’s Poole B: Steelers and Sungoliath started on an high and cumulated a sound margin before letting their opponents to attempt an unsuccessful comeback.

NTT Red Hurricanes - Kobelco Steelers 26 – 36:

South African giant Andries Bekker was the first on the scoreboard with a try in the 13th minute for the visitors. The Steelers went up 29 -0 thanks to tries from wingers Rakuhei Yamashita and Kanzo Nakahama and a penalty try.
Japanese wingers Koki Shigeno and Yoshimi Watanabe scored a brace each for the hosts in the second half, but it was too late for Red Hurricanes.

Suntory Sungoliath – Ricoh Black Rams 38 – 25:

Schalk Burger’s Sungoliath remain undefeated with a win against the Rams. After a convincing start that gave them a 24 – 0 lead at half time, the Sungoliath slowed down in the second part of the second half and allowed the vistitors to attempt a comeback that saw them score 21 unanswered points. Samoan international Tusi Pisi was awarded man of the match denying the South African his third MOM in a row.

Coca Cola Red Sparks – Toyota Verblitz 23 – 25:

Still no tries and no joy for the Honey Badger, his Red Sparks lost a close encounter against Toyota. Despite trailing by only 2 points the host weren’t capable to overcome the visitor’s defence in the last 20 minutes.

Canon Eagles – Kinetsu Liners 36 – 31:

A brace from Gene Fairbanks and a major from Radike Samo weren't enough for Kinetsu Liners to overpower Canon Eagles, who put the game behind the visitor’s reach thanks also to a try from former league player Michael Bond, however local player Ryohei Mitomo with one try and 5 kicks was the most prolific scorer for the hosts.
Radike Samo, an Aussie favorite

Pool A

Júbilo remains on top of the ladder with an easy win over the Blues, Brave Lupus had to fight more to past NEC Green Rockets and stay in contact, and the Wild Knights smashed the Shuttles.

Sanix Blues – Yamaha Júbilo 12 – 52:

The Júbilo roll over the newcomers of Top League thanks to a dominant display. Two braces apiece for kiwi Mose Tuiali'I, Japan’s Kyosuke Horie and Tongan international Rocky Havili for a total of eight tries were too much for the Blues, who scored with New Zealand imports Siliva Ahio and Karne Hesketh.

Toyota Shuttles – Panasonic Wild Knights 5 – 54:

Withouth injuried aussie Berrick Barnes the team captained by Melbourne Rebel’s hooker Shot Horie pass with ease against the Shuttles. A total of 6 tries for the visitors started with aussie Daniel Heenan at the 2nd minute and continued till after the siren. Winger Akihito Yamada scored a brace for Panasonic and was awarded man of the match

Kibota Spears – NTT Shining Arcs 29 – 27:

A penalty well after full time by Harumichi Tatekawa gave the host a narrow win against the never giving up visitors. South African flyhalf Elton Jantjies was perfect form the tee with 5 out of 5 and British born Filipino international Matt Saunders scored a try for the Shining Arcs, but this wasn’t enough for the visitors to take home the 4 points.

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