Blues rally to keep Sunwolves winless

Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) — Winger Jordan Hyland scored a brace of tries as the Auckland Blues ensured that the Sunwolves remain winless in this season’s Super Rugby competition with a 24-10 victory in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Japanese side, who defeated the Blues last season in their only previous encounter, led 10-5 at halftime, thanks to Timothy Lafaele’s converted try and a Yu Tamura penalty prior to Hyland’s breakaway effort for a try for the Blues.

However, weak tackling from the hosts after the break allowed the Blues to surge 19-10 ahead on tries from Akira Ioane and replacement Dalton Papalii.

Hyland added his second of the day in the dying minutes for the Auckland-based outfit, who will be pleased to leave Tokyo with their second victory of a slow-starting campaign. The Sunwolves have lost all seven of their matches in 2018.

The contest between the sides with the worst records in the southern hemisphere tournament was never likely to be a thriller and it turned out to be almost as gloomy as the weather in the capital.

The scrappy affair was blighted by basic handling errors and turnovers at the breakdown, with the Sunwolves benefiting early on as the Blues struggled to replicate the form that had seen them run the Chiefs close last week.Speech

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