REBEL WATCH: Top League Round 4
Amanaki Mafi and Geoff Parling suffered defeats in the fourth round of the 2017-18 Top League with the NTT Communications Shining Arcs and Munakata Sanix Blues going down on the weekend.
Amanaki Mafi (Shining Arcs)
Santory 36 defeated NTT Communications Shining Arcs 11
Defending Top League champions Santory maintained their undefeated start to the season with a victory over the NTT Communications Shining Arcs in Tokyo on Saturday. Former Rebel Kotaro Matsushima scored twice as Santory ended the Shining Arcs two-game winning steam following victories over Toshiba and Kintetsu. Mafi played 65 minutes.
Next Game: Shining Arcs v Toyota Industries Shuttles, Saturday 23 September, 5.00pm (local time).
Geoff Parling (Sanix Blues)
NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 29 defeated Munakata Sanix Blues 19
NTT Docomo picked up their second win of the 2017-18 Top League season with a 10-point victory over the Sanix Blues in Kyoto on Saturday. The Red Hurricanes made it back-to-back victories for the first time following their promotion back into Top League this season. Two first-half tries gave NTT Docomo a 17-7 lead at the break before a second from winger Tomohiro Kurata after half-time put the result beyond doubt. Parling played 40 minutes.
Next Game: Munakata Sanix Blues v Kintetsu Liners, Sunday 24 September, 5.00pm (local time)
Japan Rugby Top League 2017-18 Red Conference Table
Japan Rugby Top League 2017-18 White Conference Table