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Suntory sends Jones off with win

Kyodo

Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath sent Japan-bound coach Eddie Jones off on a winning note with a 21-9 victory over Panasonic Wild Knights in the national championship final on Sunday.

In a rematch of the Feb. 26 Top League playoff final that Suntory won 47-28, Sungoliath, who were up 14-3 at the break, again got the better of Panasonic thanks to tries by Tusi Pisi and World Cup wing Hirotoki Onozawa and center Koji Taira.

Jones’ first job as coach of the Brave Blossoms will be to name his squad on Monday for the Asian Five Nations match away to Kazakhstan in late April.