Japanese Super Rugby Team the Sunwolves may not have been victorious in many games on the field, but they easily won over the New Zealand public when they came to the rescue of an Auckland motorist who had had an accident.
The team were on their bus traveling through the city when they witnessed the crash caused by a tyre puncture and immediately pulled up to offer their assistance. The tail end of the car was at a dangerous angle to the oncoming traffic so the forwards got in their squat training for the day and lifted and turned the car so that it was parallel to the sidewalk and then lifted the car onto the pavement to ensure it would not endanger oncoming traffic. There were no witnesses of any backline player involvement.
The team posted the video of the incident on their Facebook page today and had a few fans swooning in heart emoji admiration. One fan, Kunio Takagi gushed about one player “He is gentle and strong. It’s so cool, isn’t it?”
The Sunwolves will fly to Christchurch where they face another daunting challenge: beating the Super 18 overall leaders the Crusaders who are on a six game winning streak. The Crusaders will welcome back one of their own superheroes from injury – All Black captain Kieran Read. Talented flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, skilful midfielder Jack Goodhue and powerful wing Seta Tamanivalu will also be available for selection. The match will also be notable for Wyatt Crockett’s feat of becoming the highest capped Super Rugby player ever, at 176 appearances, surpassing All Black legend Kevin Mealamu.
Despite the Sunwolves’ epic 21-20 win over the Bulls in Tokyo last weekend, bookmakers are not expecting the Japanese franchise to end the Crusaders unbeaten run, giving the visitors 18-1 odds. The match will be the Sunwolves’ second against New Zealand opposition this year after a 83-17 mauling in round one by the Wellington Hurricanes.
The team have improved considerably since that inauspicious beginning and after witnessing this inspirational show of superhuman strength on the motorway, those odds may have been shortened.