Top League Round One Highlights: Hino Red Dolphins v Munakata Sanix Blues

Top League Round One Highlights: Hino Red Dolphins v Munakata Sanix Blues

Not much would have been expected of the Hino Red Dolphin as they searched for their first Japan Top League. First on the scored were Munakata Sanx Blues with a penalty conversion through Hiroshi Tashiro. Many would have expected the Blues to go on and win the game after a good start but the Dolphin's had other plans as they quickly equalised through the boot of Hayden Cripps in the 10th minute. Man-of-the-Match, Ash Parker then crossed the whitewash in the 28th minute with substitute Shigeyoshi Shikayama converting. The Dolphins were not about to give the Blues a break as they added 7 more points through a converted try by Norifumi Hashimoto. This meant that the Hino Red Dolphins went into the break 17-3 up.


 
The second half was a half the Blues would want to quickly forget as they failed to trouble the scoreboard. In the 41st minute, the Dolphins won a penalty and through the reliable boot of Shikayama were able to add 3 more points to the scoreboard. A good 15 minutes then went by without any change in the score. However, the Blues made a wholesale as of changes as they tried to change their fortunes. But the fortunes only favoured the brave and mighty Hino Red Dolphins as they managed a further 2 penalty conversions and converted try which was scored by Ash Parker to secure his brace and maximum points for the new Hino Red Dolphins. 

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