Rugby: 10 Sungoliath tries to break sparkling arcs

New Zealand international Damian McKenzie carries the ball past Shining Arcs defenders Tokyo Bay Urayasu for Tokyo Sungoliath in a 69-29 League 1 win at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on March 20, 2022. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Damian McKenzie’s Tokyo Sungoliath cemented their position atop Japan’s Premier League on Sunday, running in 10 tries in a 69-29 thrashing of Israel Folau’s Shining Arcs Tokyo Bay Urayasu.

McKenzie kicked eight conversions and a penalty as Sungoliath got two tries apiece from Keisuke Moriya and Tevita Li.

Moriya crossed twice in the first half hour, while Li’s two tries late in the half sent the hosts into the dressing room at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground with a 41-7 lead.

Takaaki Nakazuru scored tries either side of halftime for Sungoliath, who also got tries from Kan Nakano, Harry Hockings, Tevita Tatafu and Taiga Ozaki.

The Tokyo team improved to 42 points from nine wins and one loss to lead Kubota Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay by three points.

Folau and Otere Black each scored two tries for the Shining Arcs, who are last in Division 1 at 12 teams.

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