Sunwolves thrash Reds to break duck
Hayden Parker set a new pointscoring record for the Sunwolves – contributing 38 points to his side tally courtesy of seven penalties, six conversions and a try.
As the scoreline suggests, the Sunwolves were full value for this win and they outscored the visitors six tries to four with Hosea Saumaki leading the way with a deserved hat-trick.
Sunwolves flyhalf Parker was striking the ball cleanly and quickly turned penalties into points, opening up a 6-0 lead.
The Reds responded through a rolling maul try to Brandon Paenga-Amosa but another penalty gifted Parker three more points, Queensland forced to respond through a blindside burst from Bem Lucas.
It was all downhill for the Reds from there, who, remarkably, had been clinging on for dear life when the Sunwolves had the ball through the first 20.
Parker was the general but unnecessary kicking, sloppy breakdown work and to the Sunwolves' credit, some scintillating attack on their behalf, quickly turned a 14-9 deficit into a 42-14 lead, as the home side amassed 33 unanswered points.
One of those tries, to Grant Hattingh, was scored off a blatant forward pass that neither the TMO or referee Egon Seconds noticed, but the others were simply too much for the Reds to handle.
A brilliant inside pass from Michael Little put Parker over three minutes after Hattingh crossed in the 30th and a pair of penalty goals in the 41st and 42nd minute, respectively, showed there was little Brad Thorn could say to his side at the break which made any tangible difference.
The brainless play which Queensland had displayed was best exemplified in Hosea Saumaki's try in the 53rd minute, when not one player thought to defend the blindside from 15 metres out, the winger plucking the ball from the back of the breakdown and strolling over.
Another Parker penalty goal followed before the Reds responded with two consolation tries of their own, Saumaki scoring a late hat trick to notch an incredible half century in front of his home fans.
The final siren rung out as Parker slotted his 12th shot at goal of the afternoon, marking the end of an afternoon Australian rugby fans will remember for all the wrong reasons.
Tries: Hattingh, Parker, Saumaki 3, Penalty try
Cons: Parker 6
Pens: Parker 7
Tries: Paenga-Amosa, Lucas, Scott-Young, Daugunu
Cons: Lance 4
Yellow Card: Duncan Paia’aua (Reds)
Sunwolves: 15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery
Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (c)
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Aidan Toua
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Akihisa Aso (Japan), Tasuku Kawara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)