Super Rugby 2019 live: Sunwolves v Highlanders in Tokyo

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Sunwolves 0 - 52 Highlanders

80 min: Full time - it's over. 

76 min: Both teams are tired now - quality attacking from the Highlanders today has done the job. 

72 min: The Highlanders push forward looking for more points. 15m out now.

66 min: The Sunwolves go over and score a try but the refs come together and call it back for a forward pass - heartbreak for the Sunwolves. 

62 min: TRY - Highlanders. Another one for Sio Tomkinson - collecting a cross field kick from Bryn Gatland. Kick is wide. Sunwolves 0 - 52 Highlanders.

60 min: TRY - Highlanders, Ash Dixon makes the break and finds Rob Thompson who scores the try. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 47 Highlanders. 

59 min: Great break from the Sunwolves - it's Yu Tamura who has made an instant impact but theres a knock on from the Wolves. 

56 min: A small lul in the game, Matt Faddes does well to gather the ball but knocks it on while getting up.

52 min: TRY - Highlanders, it came from nothing really - a kick through from Ioane and Tavita Li gets on the end of it and scores his second. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 40 Highlanders. 

48 min: The Sunwolves are 10m out and then Shota Horie goes for a little grubber, except it's not little - it goes out and the Landers get the lineout and clear. 

47 min: Another penalty coming, almost didn't hear the refs whistle due to the crowd noise. 

45 min: The Sunwolves go the closest they have been all game and they win a penalty 15m out. 

41 min: Back underway here in Tokyo - I see no way out for the Sunwolves, but we will see. 

40 min: The hooter goes and the Highlanders kick the ball out - Half Time.

39 min: The Highlanders go close again - but the Sunwolves actually put up some defensive fight and clear. 

36 min: Half time can't come soon enough for the Sunwolves - just a woeful first half. 

32 min: TRY - Highlanders, absolute dominance from the lineout and it's Liam Coltman who scores - great try. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 33 Highlanders.

30 min: The Highlanders go close - but it's called back for an obstruction against Rob Thompson. 

26 min: The Sunwolves actually survive a Highlanders trip to their 22 - a kick from Thompson is too big and Hayden Parker lets it go out - but the Highlanders win the lineout. 

20 min: TRY - Highlanders, Some incredible team rugby being played here - wow, it's Josh Ioane who throws a big dummy and speeds through to score. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 26 Highlanders.

20 min: Liam Coltman darts up through the middle - beats one beats two what a run! 

18 min: Huge work from Hemopo and Dixon - they win a penalty for the Highlanders.

17 min: The Sunwolves fianlly have their hands on the ball - what can they do with it?

15 min: TRY - Highlanders, Sio Tomkinson made the break and he went close - they recycle and it's Tavita Li who scores out wide. Kick hits the post, then the crossbar and misses. Sunwolves 0 - 19 Highlanders. 

14 min: Huge break again for the Landers and they are into the 22 of the Sunwolves. 

12 min: TRY - Highlanders, the Sunwolves spill the kick and the Landers are onto it, they get the ball wide and it's Tyrel Lomax who goes over. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 14 Highlanders.

10 min: Huge scrum from the Highlanders and they win it against the feed. Smith clears.

5 min: TRY - Highlanders, Aaron Smith was influential in the buildup but it's Tom Franklin who scores the opener. Kick is good. Sunwolves 0 - 7 Highlanders. 

4 min: Aaron Smith with a great kick to Sio Tomkinson and the Landers have good field position now. 

2 min: Positive start from the Sunwolves with early go forward - but the Highlanders win a scrum. 

1 min: Kick off! 


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Sunwolves and the Highlanders.

Pre-game chat: Ben Smith rested for Highlanders v Sunwolves

Aaron Mauger has resisted change, sticking with largely the same Highlanders side that proved too good for the Blues last weekend.

The 24-12 win in Dunedin was the southern men's first since the second round of the 2019 Super Rugby season. 

With a trio to the Sunwolves at hand, back-to-back victories will propel the Highlanders to their place in the New Zealand conference, above the Blues who have a bye.

Mauger has promoted captain Luke Whitelock to the starting lineup meaning the outstanding Shannon Frizell will be introduced off the bench.

The only other change comes in the backline with the return of centre Rob Thompson leading to a reshuffle. Matt Faddes moves to fullback while Patelesio Tomkinson will start on the right wing.

All Black Ben Smith is on a mandatory rest week.

The bench will have a six-two split, with Dillon Hunt being included in the forwards mix.  Kayne Hammington and Bryn Gatland will cover the backs.





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