The Sunwolves beat the Chiefs 30-15 on Saturday to record their first-ever away victory in Super Rugby.
A trip to New Zealand is never easy but the Sunwolves put in a performance that will go down in history having lost all 23 of their previous away trips.
Shuhei Matsuhashi gave the visitors the lead in the second minute before Uwe Helu powered over to make the scores 23-3 at the interval.
The Chiefs came out fighting in the second half but the Sunwolves held firm and secured the win when Gerhard van den Heever added their third with Hayden Parker adding the extras.
Sunwolves playmaker Parker, who kicked 15 of the 30 points, called the result “awesome” and warned that it was a confidence booster for the side who will play the Blues next weekend.
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“It was really nice to score some good tries in the first half,” said Parker.
“The second half was pretty ugly and it felt like the game went on forever but the boys hung in and I’m proud of the way we stuck it out to the end.”
The Sunwolves New Zealand-born captain and Japanese international Michael Little said, “It’s pretty amazing.”
“The boys put in a lot of hard work this week and we knew we could do it.”
It is not the first time the Sunwolves have beaten New Zealand opposition having beaten the Blues 48-21 in 2017.
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