Oct 29, 2016

Green Rockets outplay Steelers in Top League clash

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers missed out on a golden opportunity to keep pace with the Top League leaders on Saturday, losing 38-24 to the NEC Green Rockets. The inaugural Top League champions (in the 2003-04 campaign) came into this Round 9 game at Prince ...

Oct 23, 2016

Ricoh rookie Matsuhashi bags hat-trick in win over Toshiba

A try from Ricoh rookie Shuhei Matsuhashi — his third of the day — seconds before the final hooter handed the Black Rams a 33-28 win over Toshiba Brave Lupus on Sunday in the Japan Rugby Top League. The 22-year-old No. 8, who is ...

Jubilo, Sungoliath remain on collision course for Top League supremacy

Oct 22, 2016

Jubilo, Sungoliath remain on collision course for Top League supremacy

Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath maintained their unbeaten runs Saturday and made it even more likely their Christmas Eve clash will determine this season’s Top League champion. Yamaha was forced to work very hard to beat NTT Communications Shining Arcs 21-17, while Suntory had ...

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

Oct 16, 2016

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

It was “30-something” day at Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park on Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights topped Coca-Cola Red Sparks 45-12 in the Japan Rugby Top League. The pregame talk had been about the up-and-coming and future Brave Blossoms on display such as Kenki ...

Oct 9, 2016

Unbeaten Yamaha Jubilo crush Kubota Spears

Yamaha Jubilo showed Sunday why they remain most people’s favorites to lift the Top League crown at the end of the season. Katsuyuki Kiyomiya’s side ran in eight tries as it beat Kubota Spears 53-0 to make it six straight wins to start the ...

Matsushima try sparks Sungoliath to victory

Oct 2, 2016

Matsushima try sparks Sungoliath to victory

Suntory Sungoliath came from behind on an electric try by man-of-the-match Kotaro Matsushima, and two tries by Takaaki Nakazuru ensured a 37-22 Japan Rugby Top League victory over Canon Eagles on Sunday. Trailing 17-13 at the break, Sungoliath withstood some sustained pressure at the ...

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights’ hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was ...

Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications ...

Sep 4, 2016

Verblitz overpower Spears in Top League

Masakatsu Hikosaka scored a brace of tries as Toyota Verblitz beat Kubota Spears 27-10 in the Top League on Sunday. Playing at Sapporo’s Tsukisamu Stadium, Verblitz took the early lead on a seventh-minute Takaya Monji penalty, but South African Grant Hattingh dove over to ...

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

Sep 3, 2016

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

There was a familiar face at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday as Eddie Jones watched his old club Suntory Sungoliath beat Honda Heat 50-0 for their second straight win of the new Top League season. The current England coach, who has a ...

Aug 28, 2016

Toshiba hangs on to open Top League season with win

Toshiba Brave Lupus hung on by their skin of their teeth to open their 2016-17 Top League campaign with a 22-19 win over Kubota Spears on Saturday night. Last season’s runners-up seemed to have the game sewn up when Keisuke Masuda went over in ...

Aug 27, 2016

Yamaha wins Top League opener

Yamaha Jubilo exposed a huge chink in defending champion Panasonic Wild Knights’ armor Friday night as the new Top League season got underway at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The Yamaha pack demolished the Panasonic scrum and the dominance up front laid the foundations ...