TOKYO – Hamish Stewart nailed a last-minute penalty as the Reds produced a superb comeback to beat Japan’s Sunwolves 34-31 on Saturday, and post their first win of the season.
The Aussies trailed 21-5 at halftime, but their bench provided an instant impact after the break for the visitors in Tokyo, scoring four tries in 16 minutes, two of them by Brandon Paenga-Amosa.
After a Hayden Parker penalty restored a five-point advantage for the Sunwolves with eight minutes left, Tate McDermott pounced on a loose ball from a Harry Hockings charge-down to tie things up again.
Stewart missed the conversion, but made no mistake with the late penalty as the Reds, thrashed 63-28 on their previous visit to Tokyo, won for the first time in four matches this season.
It was a stinging defeat for the Sunwolves, who looked on course for a victory that would have boosted their survival hopes, with critics calling for them to be booted out of Super Rugby.