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S14 made to wait as Brown and Taione score tries

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 9 Mar 2008 at 08:11

Suntory Sungoliath and Sanyo Wild Knights made sure the All-Japan Championship would be a repeat of the Microsoft Cup final after winning their respective Semi-Final matches on Saturday.

Top League champions Suntory played to a victory over Toshiba Brave Lupus 25-14 in Tokyo. In the second Semi-Final Sanyo narrowly defeated Toyota Verblitz 25-24 at Hanazono Stadium in Osaka.

Suntory’s hope of doing the double were kept alive by tries from Daigo Yamashita, Akira Ozaki and Ryan Nicholas. Nicholas added two conversions and two penalty goals.

Toshiba’s try scorers were Masato Toyoda and Yasunori Watanabe, both of which were converted by Toshiaki Hirose.

In what seems to be the trend for the weekend Suntory were leading 22 – 0 at half time.

Meanwhile in Osaka, the Sanyo Wild Knights once again edged Toyota Verblitz by a single point, having beaten Verblitz 26-25 earlier in the season in the Top League.

Tony Brown and Epi Taione, who will both be playing Super 14 once their commitments in Japan are done, scored first-half tries for Sanyo, with Ryu Koliniasi Holani adding the all-important fourth try in the 67th minute.

Brown and Taione will play Super 14 rugby for the Stormers and Sharks, respectively, once the Japanese season is completed, but the pair both scored tries on Saturday as Sanyo made sure their season lasts one more week.

A try four minutes from time by No. 8 Takashi Kikutani, converted by Tatsuya Kusumi, saw Toyota set a grandstand finish but the Wild Kinights were able to hold them out and move through to the final.

The All-Japan Championship final will be played on Sunday 16 March at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo.

This means the Stormers and Sharks would have to wait until Round six for Brown and Taione to be available.


  • Isn’t the world just so damn cruel?

    Here we have just got this loose trio that seem to be playing so damn well and in two weeks time we will be upsetting the apple cart by adding another world class player into the mix.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.08 08:15:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I didn’t see Grant play yesterday but by looking at the figures he had a decent game. 19 points is not bad it is actually damn good.

    And now Brown will arrive to:
    a) upset the apple cart?
    b) play a great mentoring role for Grant
    c) be ignored

    I opt for option “b”

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.08 08:18:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Yeah there is no way Rassie will start Brown… Grant had a great game and hopefully is coming into his own… but he seriously needs a capable sub on the bench…

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.08 08:55:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • Paddy who? If his name ain’t Daniel, Botes or Kankowski, he ain’t starting ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.08 23:27:34 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Hey most of us thought we had a loose forward problem at the start of the season.

    it might actually work damn well to play Epi off the bench, BUT at whose expense.

    Glad i am not Dick Muir who has to make these selection decisions.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.08 06:56:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I have JUST realised something.

    Epi plays his last Japanes match on Sunday and will probably arrive in Durban by Monday or Tuesday.

    We have a BYE next week so he will have more than just a few days to settle in. :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.08 19:12:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • we suddenly have too many forwards

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.08 19:22:37 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach

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