The Sunwolves were handed a proper hiding in Melbourne as they fell to a 42-15 defeat at the hands of the Rebels on Saturday.
The Japanese outfit were on a high, having registered a rare victory on Australian soil last time out, edging out the Waratahs to claim their second victory this season.
A third was not to be as the hosts got on the board early on with a converted try from Reece Hodge inside the first ten minutes.
The Sunwolves response was from the tee as Hayden Parker slotted over a penalty to reduce the deficit in the 13th minute, but that was undone almost immediately as Hodge crossed over once more, with Quade Cooper’s boot doing the rest to take the score to 14-3.
Centre Billy Meakes was the next to land his name on the scoresheet for the Reds, with the Wallaby pivot again unerring from the tee before getting a five-pointer of his own which he converted to give his side a 28-8 lead going into the break, with Semisi Masiwera providing the visitors only try so far.
The Fijian was the first to get his name on the board in the second half, with Parker adding the extra two, but that would be the last time the Sunwolves bothered the scorers.
Hodge completed his hattrick on the hour mark – Cooper adding the extra two, and veteran scrumhalf Will Genia rounded off the routing seven minutes later as the Rebels capitalised on the Waratahs’ defeat to strengthen their position atop the Aussie Conference.