Super Rugby: Reds stage 2nd-half comeback to beat Sunwolves

TOKYO (AP) — Flyhalf Hamish Stewart kicked a last-minute penalty goal to give the Queensland Reds a 34-31 win Saturday over the Sunwolves for the Australian side's first win of the Super Rugby season.

The Reds overcame a 16-point deficit at halftime thanks to three tries in 10 minutes and four in the second half.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa scored two of the Queensland tries.

Before the match at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo, players from both teams linked arms in a circle for a silent tribute to the 49 victims of the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings on Friday.

Earlier Saturday, officials canceled the match that was to be played at Dunedin because of the attacks. The Christchurch-based Crusaders were to play Dunedin-based Highlanders, but the match was called off and both teams will receive two competition points.

New Zealand Rugby said the decision to cancel the Dunedin match was taken after a meeting with teams, venue management, and police and community organizations.

"Advice from police and venue management was that the fixture could go ahead. However, with strong agreement from both teams we have made the final call not to proceed as a mark of respect for the events that have occurred in Christchurch," New Zealand Rugby's chief rugby officer Nigel Cass said in a statement.

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mainsbridge said the club, players and community were deeply shocked by Friday's events.

"Yesterday's horrific attacks have left us all feeling stunned," he said. "We will now regroup and make arrangements for the team to return home as soon as possible to be back in their community and with their families."

A crowd of more than 20,000 had been expected for the Dunedin match.

The Lions were scheduled to host the undefeated Melbourne Rebels later Saturday in Johannesburg to conclude the fifth round. South Africa's Sharks and Bulls and the Auckland-based Blues had weekend byes.


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