March 2017, Day 8, Kotoshogiku v Sokokurai

Kotoshogiku’s tachiai seems tentative, like he’s worried about Sokokurai pulling some trick, so he just stands and grabs on without much forward momentum. Sokokurai has his left arm high under Kisenosato’s right, and has his right arm wrapped around Kisenosato’s left, trapping it between their bodies. With both of Kisenosato’s arms occupied, he can’t get any offense going. But then he starts his legs pumping, his left arm sneaks out and underneath to get around Sokokurai’s body, and the frog-hop train leaves the station. Kotoshogiku wins by yorikiri and improves to 6-2. Sokokurai falls to 2-6.


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