Early Du­ru­talo try fails to lift Sun­wolves

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Syd­ney: For­mer North­land Tailevu for­ward Andrew Du­ru­talo scored within 90 sec­onds but it was not enough as Sun­wolves nar­rowly went down 30-27 to Bulls in Sin­ga­pore on Satur­day night. The Bulls’ bulk and grunt proved too much for the craft and guile of the Sun­wolves as they leave the new Ja­panese fran­chise still search­ing for a first win. Bulls skip­per Adriaan Strauss, flanker Roelof Smith and winger Jamba Ulengo barged over for the tries at the Na­tional Sta­dium as the three-times cham­pi­ons picked up their sec­ond win from four matches this term.

The three-point vic­tory was the least the South Africans could have man­aged such was their dom­i­na­tion of pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory against a side clearly lack­ing the phys­i­cal­ity of their op­po­nents. A kick over the top of a slow-turn­ing Bulls de­fence re­sulted in a try within 90 sec­onds for the Ja­panese when flanker Du­ru­talo prof­ited from Burger Oden­daal’s fum­ble to touch down. Tusi Pisi con­verted and added an­other penalty but the Bulls only trailed 10-9 with first-five Ti­aan Schoe­man knock­ing over three three-point­ers. Sun­wolves Ar­gen­tine num­ber eight To­mas Leonardi was sent to the sin bin in the 21st minute for hands in the ruck on his own line and the Pre­to­ria-based side took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man with hooker Strauss scor­ing from a catch and drive maul. Bulls blind­side Smit grabbed a sec­ond try from a sim­i­lar move at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod, with Schoe­man con­vert­ing to stretch the lead to 23-10 as the visi­tors seemed set to run away with the con­test. The plucky Sun­wolves re­fused to buckle, though. Pisi slot­ted an­other penalty and the Samoan was in­stru­men­tal in a bril­liant move start­ing deep in their own half which went through sev­eral hands be­fore Ak­i­hito Ya­mada crossed in the cor­ner. Pisi con­verted and full­back Ri­aan Viljoen came within inches of draw­ing the hosts level, only to see his 60th-minute penalty from his own half hit the right-hand up­right. The warn­ing fired the Bulls back into gear and Ulengo was ad­judged by the tele­vi­sion of­fi­cial to have touched down against the post six min­utes later for a third try af­ter sev­eral phases of pres­sure deep in the Sun­wolves 22. Source: Reuters

Fi­jian Andrew Du­ru­talo’s (with ball in hand) quick try fails to spark Sun­wolves.

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