Queensland holds off Sunwolves for Super Rugby victory
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Queensland back rower Curtis Browning scored two tries to cancel out two from the Sunwolves' New Zealand import Derek Carpenter as the Reds beat the Tokyo-based side 35-25 in Super Rugby on Saturday.
Japan World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru started at fullback for the Reds – facing many of his countrymen on the Sunwolves – and kicked two penalties and two conversions for 10 points.
The crowd of 19,073 was the Reds' biggest of the season, boosted by several hundred traveling fans from Japan. As well, there were several dozen Reds fans dressed in white samurai-style costumes cheering on Goromaru and the home side.
Queensland flyhalf Jake McIntyre kicked a 73rd-minute penalty to clinch the match for the Reds, who won for only the third time this season.