Japanese Super Rugby outfit the Sunwolves rocked the world of rugby with a 48-21 win over New Zealand side the Blues at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.
Soaring temperatures of 42 degrees contributed to an exciting and enthralling match, but initially it looked as if the Blues would walk away with a convincing victory as they raced to an early 14-0 lead.
However, All Black Jerome Kaino saw yellow once more having been carded in the final Test of the recent Lions series, with the flanker putting in a high tackle in the 58th minute. With the home side benefitting from a man advantage, they made the most of their opportunities and soon transformed a 21-14 half-time score into a convincing win.
In recent weeks the Sunwolves have suffered drubbings at the hands of the Stormers (52-15) and the Lions (94-7), and their surprise victory over the Blues is their first of the 2017 campaign. They currently sit rock bottom of the Africa 1 conference with a points difference of -383.
Such a result will be embarrassing and humiliating for a Blues team struggling at the wrong end of the New Zealand conference, but tremendously exciting for Japanese rugby and for rugby fans as a whole.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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