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Jaguares make history by beating Cheetahs



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Argentina’s Jaguares began their life in Super Rugby by coming from behind to beat the Cheetahs 33-34 in Bloemfontein.

Eight tries were scored in the match – four each – but under the new rules bonus points are only awarded for scoring three more than the opponent so neither team qualified for the extra point.

The Jaguares got off on the wrongfoot at the start of the match as they lost two players – Nicolas Sanchez and Martin Landajo – to the sin bin for synical and foul play respectively.

While the Jaguares were reduced to 13 players Cheetahs capitalised on their advantage and scored two quick tries and took their lead out to 24-3.

The Jaguares fought their way back into the match when their players returned and by half time they were trailing by 7 points.

The Jaguares scored first in the second half when Rodrigo Baez went over and with Sanchez’s conversion the scores were level at 24 all.

Ten minutes into the half the Cheetahs ended their 25 minute points scoring drought with a penalty from Fred Zeilinga who had missed two shots earlier in the first half. Zeilinga added a second penalty five minutes later.

With 15 minutes remaining on the clock the Jaguares took the lead with a fantastic try when Martin Landajo scored his second try by splitting the Cheetahs defence.

Sanchez extended the Jagures lead with a drop goal giving the Argentina side a three point lead before Niel Marais slotted a penalty to cut the lead to a point.

The Jaguares were then able to hold on for the historic victory and will no doubt learn from their early errors and improve as the season progresses.

Final Score Cheetahs 33 (24) Jaguares 34 (17)


Tries – F.Venter, Penalty, T.van Jaarsveld, W.Small-Smith
Pen – F.Zeilinga 2, N.Marais
Con – F.Zeilinga 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries -M.Landajo 2, A.Creevy, R. Baez,
Pen – N.Sanchez
Con -N.Sanchez 4
Drop -N.Sanchez
Cards – N.Sanchez (17th min yellow), M.Landajo (18th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Lourens van der Merwe
TMO :Johan Greeff



15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Paul Schoeman, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais


1 . Lucas Noguera, 2. Agustin Creevy (c), 3. Ramiro Herrera, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Thomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Rodrigo Baez, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 9. Martin Landajo, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12. Jeronimo De la Fuente, 13. Matias Moroni, 14. Santiago Cordero, 15.Joaquin Tuculet.

Replacements : 16.Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19. Matias Alemanno, 20. Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23. Matias Orlando

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  1. claudio Man

    26th February 2016 at 10:35 pm

    VAMOOOSS VAMOOOSS ARGENTINNNAAAAAAA…VAMOS VAMOOOSSSS A GANNNARRR!!! Always but always I give them thanks to the 3-duper powers in the south that left the pumas and jaguars can learn the true rugby teachers sur !! THANKS THOUSAND!

  2. wakaboy

    27th February 2016 at 10:54 am

    If 23 members of the (wider) Jaguar squad have represented Argentina previously then in essence it is Argentina versus, in this case one of the weaker S.A provincial teams. Argentina should have been given 2 teams (one to replace a S.A team)to spread the talent (as the other countries do).
    Otherwise they should be bold enough to name the team “Argentina Pumas” as the name of their Super team. Opposing teams winning against them can then claim to have beaten the Pumas.

    • Germán

      27th February 2016 at 12:20 pm

      I see your point here. But, the truth is that Rugby in Argentina is still developing and the Rugby Union will take every possibility as a new opportunity to make their players stronger and, therefore, its National Team stronger. So far they want to test themselves with the best, to gain experience without actually worrying that much about the final score obtained.

    • joaquin

      27th February 2016 at 5:38 pm

      tiene razón. son los pumas.

      • Rob Healy

        27th February 2016 at 11:33 pm

        Not true. There are at least 15 Pumas still in Europe (Fernandez Lobbe, Ayerza, Camacho, Imhoff, etc.) plus others that play in Europe and could well be internationals and the two Pumas that play for other teams in Super Rugby (Cubelli y Leonardi), you have another competitive team. For years the Anglo nations rejected Argentina from international “test matches” and any competitive competitions as they did to Italy and Now Georgia, Rumania, Japan, Fiji and other rugby loving nations. Now they shared the ball and we beat them, which is terrible as we don’t speak English!. Go home and ask mommy to hug you and cry!!!!!

    • Rodrigo

      28th February 2016 at 4:00 am

      1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Samuel Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Tim Boys , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. Nemani Nadolo ,12. Kieron Fonotia , 13. Sean Wainui , 14. Jone Macilai , 15. David Havili
      Replacements : Ben Funnell , Wyatt Crockett ,Mike Alaalatoa ,Jimmy Tupou , Reed Prinsep , Leon Fukofuka , Ben Volavola ,Johnny McNicholl
      that’s the Crusaders team, how many national players?
      my point is that we are lucky that so many national players accept to join our team, and pretty soon we will get more and non pumas players on the Jaguares too, like Rodrigo Baez, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Garcia Botta, Gonzalo Bertranou, Matias Orlando, we just need some time to develop more and better players, even with all the pumas in our team will be a very rough season, Im just very happy knowing that ill get to enjoy with an Argentinian team the best rugby tournament in the world!

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