Super Rugby

Jaguares continue winning ways over Chiefs




The Jaguares held on to beat the Chiefs 19-23 at International Stadium, Rotorua.

It is the first time that the Jaguares had ever won four games on the trot in Super Rugby.

The Jaguares end a historical tour down under undefeated after another colossal performance.

The Argentinians won both their matches in Australia and New Zealand, a feat rarely achieved.

They have finally made their mark on the southern hemisphere’s premier tournament.

Their first victory over Kiwi opposition against the Blues was followed up with an impressive win in Waikato.

Ramiro Moyano’s first-half score put the South Americans in front, but they offered the home side chances to stay in touching distance.

Damian McKenzie kicked four penalties to give the Chiefs a two-point halftime lead.

The Chiefs ill-discipline cost them a penalty try and two yellow cards inside two minutes.

A late Sanchez penalty put the visitors two scores ahead as the Jaguares’ strong defence kept their hosts at bay.

Damian McKenzie gave his side an early lead with an eighth-minute penalty.

The visitors had been good in the opening quarter, but they have again been found wanting in the red zone.

Nicolas Sanchez missed a shot at goal before Emiliano Boffelli kicked a long-range three-pointer to level the scores at the end of the opening quarter.

The Chiefs won a scrum-penalty and McKenzie put his team back in front.

The lead did not last long.

The Chiefs transition defence was non-existent and the Jaguares exploited it.

The Kiwis had missed seven tackles, the Jaguares one.

Joaquin Tuculet broke in midfield and raced away. The captain played Moyano and the winger dotted down for the game’s opening try.

Karl Tu’inukuafe knocked on and the visitors counter-attacked with pace and panache.

The Chiefs marched the visitors backwards for the second time, won the penalty and kicked to the corner.

The scrum might have been going well for Colin Cooper’s forward pack, but their lineouts were shocking, losing four during the match.

Another good opportunity went begging with another poor lineout which released the pressure on the opposition.

If it wasn’t lineout mistakes, it was handling errors that kept hampering the Chiefs.

Chiefs finish the first half, stronger.

The Jaguares’ scrum was blasted before the break and McKenzie slotted his third kick to make it a one-point game.

From the restart, the home team counter-attacked through their electric flyhalf.

He gathered a loose ball and threw a between-the-legs pass which set up some great field position.

The hooter sounded with the Chiefs near the Jaguares 22. Ten phases later, the referee awarded another penalty to the home team

The standoff’s kick gave his team the lead at the break.

Liam Polwart was caught offsides, soon after the restart and Sanchez duly slotted the three points.

Tomas Lezana was having a great game, the driving force behind the Jaguares’ increased tempo and intensity.

Chiefs see yellow.

Allardice was sent to the bin for tipping Lezana at the side of a ruck.

Sanchez kicked to the corner and the visitors drove towards the goal-line.

Referee Mike Fraser awarded a penalty try after he adjudged Messam had collapsed the driving maul.

It was bizarre in many ways, not least because it did not look like Messam was the culprit, and it was the first infringement for cynical play.

To make things worse, the flanker was also sent to the naughty step.

The Chiefs survived the next 15 minutes’ onslaught with some savvy play.

The Jaguares did not help themselves with some silly penalties when they had two men extra in the scrum.

Jaguares turn to sweat.

Charlie Ngatai was over but his try was chalked off after the TMO called play back for a Nathan Harris knock on in the build-up.

It was the Chiefs’ turn to ramp up the intensity, camping inside the opposition’s half for the final 20 minutes.

The Jaguares made one of their few attacks count when Sanchez kicked his second penalty to extend his side’s lead to 11.

The Chiefs kept coming, but handling errors and errant throwing from replacement hooker Harris was killing the home side’s momentum.

They finally breached the South American defence in the second minute of injury time when Parete crossed.

Chiefs versus Jaguares video highlights.

Final score: Chiefs 19 (12) Jaguares 23 (10)


Tries – Parete
Pen – D. McKenzie (4)
Con – D. McKenzie
Drop –
Cards – Allardice (Yellow, 50′), Messam (Yellow, 51′)

Tries – Moyano, Penalty Try
Pen – Boffelli, Sanchez (2)
Con – Sanchez
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermott



15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula 7 Liam Messam, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Brodie Rettalick, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Levi Aumua.


15 Joaquin Tuculet (captain), 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

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