Super Rugby: Second-half collapse costs Sunwolves

Sunwolves player Derek Carpenter (foreground) training at National Stadium ahead of Super Rugby match against Stormers.
Sunwolves player Derek Carpenter (foreground) training at National Stadium ahead of Super Rugby match against Stormers.PHOTO: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB

SINGAPORE -  The Sunwolves remain winless in the new Super Rugby season after losing 31-44 to the Stormers on Saturday (March 25).   

After taking the lead in the fourth minute at the National Stadium, the Stormers immediately lost focus - allowing Sunwolves' inside-centre Derek Carpenter to score an easy try, which was then converted by No. 10 Junpei Ogura.  

The visitors managed to level the game in the 10th minute but the Japanese franchise were simply too much to handle as they scored two tries in quick succession. The Sunwolves led 24-20 at half-time. 

Despite starting the second half with a try, the Sunwolves lost concentration and allowed the Stormers to come back, with the South-African side scoring 14 points and taking the lead at 34-31. 

The Stormers then scored two more tries to seal their fourth win of the season.