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The final match in Super Rugby Rd.16 is in Buenos Aires where the Jaguares host Super Rugby champions the Highlanders.

This will be the first match in Super Rugby history between the Jaguares and the Highlanders.

The Jaguares cannot make the play offs this season but they can spoil the Highlanders chances of defending their title.

The Jaguares are in 14th place in the overall standings while the Highlanders are in seventh place and they occupy the last Wild card place in the Australasian Conference.

The Waratahs are four points behind the Highlanders so if they beat the Blues and the Highlanders lose to the Jaguares the champions could lose their finals placing.

Next week the Highlanders host the Chiefs who are at the top of the New Zealand standings so this week is expected to be a less difficult task if the standings are to be used as a ranking.

The Jaguares have brought in one Argentina’s star players for this match as Juan Martin Hernandez returns to the midfield. With Hernandez starting at 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente shifts to 13.

Javier Ortega Desio comes into the starting line up which pushes Guido Petti out of the squad and on the replacements bench Marcos Kremer comes in for Javier Ortega Desio. Matías Moroni drops out of the match day squad.

At the time of writing the Highlanders had not released their team but it is expected that they will have their All Blacks back for this match.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders demonstrated last week against the Kings that when they need to they can step up in a match. They will also have their stars back this week. The Highlanders should win by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: N/A

No Results

Match No.126:Jaguares v Highlanders
Date : Saturday 9 July 2016
Venue : Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 18:40 local
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO :Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustín Creevy (cap), 3. Ramiro Herrera; 4.Javier Ortega Desio , 5. Tomás Lavanini; 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Juan M. Leguizamón, 8. Facundo Isa; 9. Martín Landajo, 10. Nicolás Sánchez, 11. Manuel Montero, 12. J Juan Martin Hernandez , 13.Jerónimo de la Fuente , 14. Santiago Cordero; 15. Joaquín Tuculet.

Replacements : 16. Julián Montoya, 17. Santiago García Botta, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Ignacio Larrague, 20.Marcos Kremer , 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Matías Orlando, 23. Lucas González Amorosino.

Highlanders

1. Josh Hohneck , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. James Lentjes , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith (C)

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Mark Reddish , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Te Aihe Toma , 22. Fletcher Smith , 23. Matt Faddes ,

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