Thursday, January 27, 2011
Todd Clever looking good in World Cup Year
USA Eagles star backrower and captain, Todd Clever put in yet another top performace for his club Suntory Sungoliath on the weekend as they defeated the champions from the past two seasons, the Toshiba Fuchu Brave Lupus 17-12 to win the Japanese Top League semi-final. Suntory have some big name players such as Japanese international prop Kensuke Hatakeyama, centres Koji Taira and Ryan Nicholas and wing Hirotoki Onozawa. The club also has the world´s most capped international rugby player of all time and former Australian captain, George Gregan. But it was Clever who was awarded man of the match.
The win over Toshiba Fuchu Brave Lupus was no easy achivement as Toshiba had not only won the tournament for the past two seasons but have truely dominated the Japanese Top League with five championship titles from seven years since the league began in 2003-2004. Suntory are one time champions having won the 2007-2008 championship. Suntory will now go into the Top League Final to play the Sanyo Wild Knights who defeated Toyota Verblitz 32-10 in the other semi-final. The Top League Final will be played this weekend, on January 30.
2007-8: Suntory Sungoliath
2006-7: Toshiba Brave Lupus
2005-6: Toshiba Brave Lupus
2004-5: Toshiba Brave Lupus
2003-4: Kobe Steelers
With Thanks: www.eaglesxv.com and www.suntory.co.jp