Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Jaguares in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have only played the Crusaders once and that match was won 32-15 by the Kiwis in Christchurch.

The Jaguares had a bye last week so they will be well rested, while the Crusaders played the Lions in Johannesburg and had to fly to Argentina for this match.

  • The Crusaders earned a 32-15 win in Round 8, 2016, the only previous meeting between these two outfits.
  • Indeed, the Jaguares are still hunting for their maiden win against New Zealand opposition, conceding 30+ points in all but one of their previous six such fixtures.
  • The Crusaders have won 12 of their last 13 away games outside of New Zealand, including their last seven in a row.
  • Pablo Matera has made 69 carries so far, the most of any player yet to score a try.
  • Los Jaguares have a points difference of +35 in the first quarter of their matches this season, the best of any side, however, they are the only side to have a negative points difference in each of the three remaining quarters.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Buenos Aires. 

3.00: The Crusaders kick an early penalty out over the dead-ball line. Los Jaguares have the scrum near midfield.

4.00: The home team win a penalty after Mitchell Hunt tackles a Jaguares player in the air.

5.00: The home team turn the ball over after seven phases and the Kiwis have possession.

6.00: Marius van der Westhuizen is checking for a knock on by the Crusaders in the build-up to George Bridge’s try.

6.00: TRY! Bridge is awarded the five-pointer after a great finish in the corner. 0-5

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

11.00: The Jaguares are the most penalised team in Super Rugby this season. Discipline is going to be key if they are to have any chance of competing against the current champions.

12.00: Gonzalo Bertranou is tackled high near the Crusaders’ goal-line. It came from Nicolas Sanchez’s break. They kick to the corner but lose the lineout – standard by the South Americans.

14.00: Sanchez with another break but he is isolated and the ball is won by the away side.

14.00: TRY! Bridge has his second after another turnover. The winger scooped a misplaced pass and dropped ball by Bautista Delguy. Bridge races away to score under the stick. 0-10

15.00: CONVERSION! Hunt can’t miss from there. 0-12

18.00: The Jaguares have had most of the territory and possession but keep coughing it up with silly errors.

20.00: There’s a scuffle with Hunt and Sanchez on the sideline. This game is heating up.

21.00: Emiliano Boffelli takes a high-ball and manages to not turn it over, despite the odds. However, the ball is eventually lost.

23.00: The Jaguares win the scrum after a knock on by the Kiwis. It’s in centre-field and inside the New Zealander’s half.

24.00: The Jaguares go wide and lose the ball forward, again.

25.00: The home team has made 23 tackles to the visitor’s 83. It’s been all Jaguares but they are 12-nil down.

28.00: The Crusaders are ranked in the bottom three of metres made and ball carries this season; very unlike the eight-time champions.

30.00: Matt todd combines with Codie Taylor, but the hooker has a foot in touch. Lineout to the Jaguares inside their 22.

32.00: Tomas Lavanini hits David Havili without using his arms in the tackle. This is the daft ill-discipline that has plagued the South Americans since they entered the tournament.

32.00: TRY! Manasa Mataele busts through Sanchez and Bertranou’s tackles after a smart first-phase lineout move to extend the Crusaders’ lead. 0-17

33.00: CONVERSION! Hunt adds the extras. 0-19

36.00: TRY! No TRY? Taylor burst through the midfield, he is tackled by Delguy, but the hooker picks up and dives over.

37.00: It’s ruled a knock on. Scrum to the Jaguares, who got out of jail.

39.00: The Jaguares win a penalty and kick to the corner.

41.00: The chance is lost; the Crusaders have the defensive scrum inside their 22. Bryn Hall takes the ball at the back of the set-piece and kicks it into touch.

The half-time score was Jaguares 0 Crusaders 19

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Argentina.

43.00: The Jaguares win another penalty, but they need to execute their lineout drive. Agustin Creevy’s throwing has been poor, all season. Big moment in the game.

44.00: TRY! Joaquin Tuculet carries Havili over the whitewash after throwing a dummy and sending the defenders in the wrong direction. 5-19

45.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez adds the extras. 7-19

47.00: Here they come; the Jaguares are finding their mojo, but can they eliminate the turnovers?

49.00: TRY! Hunt is over after taking Mataele’s offload. The winger ran over Sanchez before setting up the try. 7-24

51.00: CONVERSION! Hunt converts his score. 7-26

52.00: TRY! Wow! What a try! Emiliano Boffelli is over after a superb backline move and some wonderful passing set up the score. 12-26

53.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez adds the touchline conversion. 14-26

56.00: The Crusaders have an attacking lineout on the Jaguares’ 5m.

59.00: The Jaguares get the penalty near halfway. Sanchez kicks deep and into the Crusaders’ 22.

61.00: Oh dear! Santiago Garcia Botta knocks on after a decent driving maul was halted, then sacked.

62.00: The Crusaders make a handling error trying to run the ball out of their 22. The home team has a midfield scrum in centre field.A huge moment with 20 to go.

64.00: The Jaguares have the Crusaders under the pump, winning penalty advantage after penalty advantage. Sanchez’s cross-kick is collected by Boffelli but the ball is lost.

65.00: They opt for another scrum to the delight of the crowd.

66.00: MASSIVE SCRUM!  The Crusaders destroyed the Jaguares’ scrum, winning the turnover and clearing.

67.00: TRY! Ryan Crotty charges down the kick and gathers to score in the corner. Game over! 14-31

68.00: CONVERSION! Hunt slots the touchline conversion. 14-33

69.00: TRY! Mataele is in for his second after Boffelli’s mistake after the restart. 14-38

70.00: CONVERSION! Mike Delany slots his first kick. 14-40

72.00: Joaquin Tuculet knocks on inside the  Saders’ 22. It’s all gone wrong for the home team – again.

74.00: Tuculet, who took over as captain after Creevy went off is spoken to by the ref about Marcos Kremer’s cleanout at the breakdown. Penalty to the visitors.

77.00: The Argentinians are not giving up; they are fighting for everything, lost causes as they may be.

79.00: This has been another commanding performance from the defending champs.

80.00: One last attack for the home side. Big defence by the visitors who hang on for a great away victory.

82.00: A couple of reset scrums ends with the ball being launched into the stands.


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The final score: Jaguares 14 (0) Crusaders 40 (19)


Tries – Tuculet, Boffelli
Pen –
Con – Sanchez (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Bridge (2), Mataele (2), Hunt, Crotty
Pen –
Con – Hunt (5), Delany
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2: Pablo Deluca
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 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 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.


15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Donald Brighouse, 18 Chris King, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Braydon Ennor.

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