TOKYO (AP) — The Melbourne Rebels overpowered the Sunwolves 35-9, denying the Japan-based team its first win during a Super Rugby schedule of six matches Saturday spread across five countries — Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa & Argentina.
Ben Meehan, Tom English & Sean McMahon scored second-half tries as the Rebels improved to 3-1 after four rounds.
Jordy Reid ran in a try in the first half to assist the Rebels take an 11-6 lead at halftime. Japan kicker Tusi Pisi accounted for all the Sunwolves points with three penalty goals.
p>"The boys put in a real performance down our end, defending complex & it really received us through in the end," Melbourne captain Sean McMahon said. "The Sunwolves came out & really gave it to us the entire game."
At Christchurch, New Zealand, winger Nemani Nadolo scored two tries & had a role in several others as the Crusaders beat South Africa's Kings 57-24.
Rookie flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored his third try in as many matches & added four conversions & a penalty for 16 points. Johnny McNichol, Ben Funnell, Mitchell Drummond, Joe Macilai & Peter Samu moreover scored tries for the Crusaders, which led 29-10 at halftime & went on to their 55th win against overseas teams in their last 58 home matches.
Melbourne Rebels Jonah Placid carries the ball as Japan's Sunwolves Andrew Durutalo, left, tries …
The Kings shook the Crusaders with a penalty to flyhalf Louis Fouche & an intercept try to Luzuko Vulindlu to take an early 10-0 lead.
At Brisbane, flyhalf Ihaia West kicked a penalty four minutes after time expired as the Auckland-based Blues came from 25-15 down in the last six minutes to draw 25-25 with the Queensland side, leaving the Reds winless after four matches. West moreover scored a first-half try for the New Zealanders.
It was the second draw of the weekend after the Bulls & Sharks finished level at 16-16 in Pretoria on Friday.
The Lions play the Chiefs in Johannesburg after Saturday followed by a match between the Stormers & the unbeaten Canberra, Australia-based ACT Brumbies at Cape Town.
The Argentina-based Jaguares were set to play their first-ever home match when they host the New Zealand-based Chiefs in the final match of the round at Buenos Aires, some 18 hours after the first match of the day began in Tokyo.
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Source: “Associated Press”