Sunwolves 31-34 Reds, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
The Queensland Reds made a spirited second-half fightback as they edged out Sunwolves 31-34 in their Super Rugby clash at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
This is Reds' first win of the season but still, they languish at the bottom of the Australian Conference where Sunwolves are positioned fourth.
Michael Little set the opening try in the 12th minute when he went on to beat a number of defenders before offloading to Hosea Saumaki, who in turn set up Jamie Booth as he dotted down.
Hayden Parker kicked the conversion but the Reds bounced back immediately with an 18th minute try from Liam Wright.
However, the remainder of the first half was dominated by the Japanese side with Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (23') and Dan Pryor (37') touching down and with Parker improving both the scores were 21-5 by the end of the first half.
As the first 18 minutes went without a point in the second half, Reds made a remarkable comeback with tries from Brandon Paenga-Amosa (59' and 66') and Harry Hoopert (62') and all three conversions from Stewart meant the visitors took control with a 21-26 scoreline.
The home side took back the lead when Keisuke Uchida crossed whitewash in the 69th minute and Parker kicked a conversion and a penalty to make it 31-26 only for a late try from Tate McDermott and a penalty from Stewart seizing a three-point win for the Australian side.