After five lost matches at home the Sunwolves still only have their very first two wins in Australia after nine matches following their defeat to the Hurricanes at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Friday.
In two of their previous four home matches the Sunwolves also came close, but again it was the second half that caught up with them on Friday as the Hurricanes, trailing 10-23 at halftime, won 29-23.
It is the second season where the Sunwolves have lost five consecutive matches at home.
Poor communication between the thrower and jumper cost the home side many lineouts, and the Hurricanes also out-scrummed them at critical stages – notably in the last few minutes when the Wolves opted for a penalty near the Canes line but were shoved off the ball in a possible match-winning scrum.
Despite not getting the bonus point they were striving for the win keeps the Hurricanes in second position in the New Zealand conference, seven points behind Crusaders.
Sunwolves (23) 23: Tries: Semisi Masirewa (2). Conversions: Hayden Parker (2). Penalties: Parker (3).
Hurricanes (10) 29: Tries: TJ Perenara, Ben Lam, Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen. Conversions: Fletcher Smith (3). Penalty: Smith.