Jake White’s Toyota Verblitz beat Suntory Sungoliath 43-34 in the Japanese Top League Cup final in Chichibu on Saturday.
White’s side scored seven tries to Sungoliath’s five, with lock Jason Jenkins grabbing a brace, while Gio Aplon also got in on the act with a try of his own to help the Verblitz take a 43-27 lead in the second half.
The Sungoliath threatened a late comeback with a try that made it a nine-point game, but the Verblitz saw the game out to claim the Cup.
The Kobe Steelers claimed the Japanese league title in December last year.
Very special honor to lead the Boys @toyotaverblitz to our First Top League Cup Trophy,unbelievable effort ? #blessed #soproud ? @JasonJenko @l10nelcronje @WegnerCarl @RenielHugo #clintonswart #janneskirsten #saffasinjapan #arigato @JWhiterugby pic.twitter.com/dwj6HtG24K
— Gio Aplon (@1GioAplon) January 19, 2019