Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Blues in Auckland




The second Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Auckland where the Blues host Argentina’s Jaguares at Eden Park.

This match will be the second match between the sides and the last time they met the Blues beat the Jaguares 24-16 in Albany.

  • The Blues snagged a 24-16 win in their only previous encounter with the Jaguares, after having led 15-6 at half-time.
  • The Blues have lost their last three games on the bounce at home; the last time they lost more was a four-game drought to open the 2012 campaign.
  • The Auckland squad have won two of their last four games against teams from outside New Zealand despite having trailed at half-time in every one of those four fixtures.
  • The Jaguares have won four of their last six games overall, including each of their last two; the only time they won more in succession was a three-game stretch from Round 3 to 5 last season.
  • The Argentinian club has failed to score a first-half try in four of their last six games against New Zealand opposition.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a wet Eden Park.

4.00: The Blues are awarded a free-kick for an early engagement by the visitors.

5.00: The Kiwis are into the Jaguares 22.

7.00: The ball security and handling were superb from the Blues during that attack, but a slight knock on, halts the momentum.

9.00: The South Americans are enjoying some possession, going nine phases. They win a penalty and kick into touch.

10.00: Sione Mafileo is pinged for collapsing the driving maul. Nicolas Sanchez kicks to the Blues 22.

12.00: Another penalty conceded by the Auckland side. The Jaguares drive forward.

13.00: YELLOW CARD! Akira Ioane is sent to the sin-bin.

14.00: TRY! Agustin Creevy finishes off a powerful drive from the visitors that went 15 metres.

15.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 0-5

16.00: Santiago Garcia Botta is penalised for collapsing. The Blues kick to the corner.

17.00: TRY! Tumua Manu finishes off a slick move from a long pass from Stephen Perofeta. 5-all

18.00: MISS! Stephen Perofeta can’t add the extras. 5-all

20.00: The Blues have conceded seven penalties to one in the opening stages. Tana Umaga’s men cannot defend the driving maul.

21.00: The blues contest the lineout, and somehow, they win the turnover after holding up the Jaguares. Great work by Jonathan Ruru.

24.00: It’s been all Jaguares in the opening half-hour in Auckland. They are dominating the tight phases and controlling the tempo of the game. Akira Ioane is back on the field.

26.00: Leonardo Senatore is pinged for not being on his feet at the ruck.

27.00: TRY! Matt Duffie reaches out and dots down after the Blues went through multiple phases inside the Jaguares 22. 

28.00: MISS! The ball hits the post and bounces out. 10-5

31.00: Javier Ortega Desio concedes another penalty, the third in a row against the South Americans.

33.00: The Blues are enjoying some possession. They win another penalty, taking it to 7-5 in favour of the visitors, but the home team have control of the game.

36.00: PENALTY! Perofeta slots a 40-metre kick. 13-5

37.00: Another penalty goes against the visitors. That is the penalty count evened up at 7-all. The Jaguares have had opportunities inside the Blues’ 22, but they cannot hang on to the ball or control their discipline.

39.00: BIG scrum by the Jaguares’ forwards, who bulldoze the Blues’ pack and win the penalty. Sanchez kicks to touch inside the opposition’s 22.

41.00: A powerful driving maul is collapsed by the Argentines. They recycle the ball and go through the phases before winning another penalty. Creevy calls for a scrum under the sticks.

42.00: It’s another great scrum, the second shove dismantling the Blues’ pack. They opt for another set-piece.

44.00: The South Americans pulverise the Blues pack, win another penalty and opt for a scrum. This is a huge play coming up.

46.00: The Blues were awesome in defence before James Parsons is pinged for offsides. You guessed it, scrum.

48.00: Somehow, the ref does not award a penalty try. The Jaguares go through more phases, but Sanchez is stripped by Parsons, who tries to run out of his in-goal area. what is he doing?

49.00: Eventually, the ball is dotted down. Halftime.

The halftime score was Blues 13 Jaguares 5

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at a wet and windy Eden Park.

44.00: The Jaguares are punishing the Blues pack with another driving maul. They are near the whitewash, but the home team halt the visitors and win the scrum.

48.00: The Jaguares destroy the Blues scrum. How long is this going to go on before a card or penalty try is awarded to the visitors?

50.00: Oh dear! The momentum is botched with some more dodgy decision making by the Jaguares.

52.00: STAT ALERT! There are 580 Test caps in this Jaguares matchday squad. Wow!

54.00: TRY! Emiliano Boffelli finishes off a slick move after Jeronimo De La Fuente’s break in midfield. It is the winger’s ninth try in seven games. He took Matias Orlando’s pass and slides in the corner. 13-10

55.00: MISS! Sanchez can’t add the extras. 13-10

59.00: The Argentinians are enjoying some more possession inside of the Blues 22. They are just plugging away, searching for another score.

61.00: The series of plays has gone 19 phases; the Blues are clinging on for dear life. Scrum to the visitors.

62.00: TRY! De la Fuente drives forward from first-phase play. The ball is recycled quickly and Tomas Lezana crashes over. 13-15

63.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez adds the extras. 13-17

66.00: The Jaguares have slowly squeezed the Blues. It started late in the first-half and has continued throughout the second period.

67.00: The Blues clawed back a 7-1 penalty count to 7-all, but it is now 15-8 against the hosts.

68.00: PENALTY! Sanchez extends the Jaguares’ lead to seven. 13-20

70.00: The Blues are in danger of being the first New Zealand side to lose to the South Americans on home soil.

75.00: The Blues lose the ball forward in a promising position. Time is running out for the Kiwis.

77.00: The Jaguares sub off their props and immediately get penalised in the scrum.

79.00: The home side are charging towards the try-line, but they lose the ball forward, again.

81.00: The hooter sounds, and the ball is launched into the stands. Wow! This is the first win for the Jaguares over New Zealand opposition in Super Rugby.


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The final score: Blues 13 (13) Jaguares 20 (5)


Tries – Manu, Duffie
Pen – Perofeta
Con –
Drop –
Cards – A. Ioane (Yellow, 13′)

Tries – Creevy, Boffelli, Lezana
Pen –
Con – Sanchez
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Cam Stone
TMO: Ben Skeen



15 Matt Duffie, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Rieko Ioane, 11 Tumua Manu, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ross Wright, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Ben Nee Nee, 20 Lyndon Dunshea, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 23 Terrence Hepetema.


15 Joaquin Tuculet (captain), 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.

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