Dark clouds over Sunwolves
SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph felt let down after his Japanese unit crashed in the second half against the Blues to turn a 10-5 half-time lead into a 10-24 defeat.
Joseph was hoping for a repeat of last year's titanic effort when the Sunwolves toppled the Blues 48-21.
"We handed the game back to the Blues and that's the disappointing thing," Joseph said, warning that "players need to take responsibility and make tackles and if they can't then they will be replaced."
It left the Sunwolves winless after seven matches and a tough fortnight ahead as they go on the road to play top New Zealand sides the Crusaders and Hurricanes.
The Sunwolves will then enjoy a bye in Round 12. They will then face the Reds and Stormers at home before travelling back to Australasia to face the Rebels in Melbourne and the Brumbies in Canberra.
After the June international break, they face the Bulls Tokyo and then make the trip to Australia again to face the Waratahs and the Reds.