Super Rugby comes to an end in Round 3 when Argentina’s Jaguares host the Hurricanes who will be making their first trip to Buenos Aires.
This will be the second time that the Jaguares and the Hurricanes have met and the first time in South America as they previously met in Wellington.
- The only previous meeting between these teams came back in Round 7, 2016, when the Hurricanes ran out to a 40-22 victory at the Westpac.
- The Jaguares have lost their last three games on home turf and are currently enduring their longest ever losing streak at home.
- The Hurricanes will be looking to avoid opening their campaign with consecutive defeats for the fourth time in the last six Super Rugby seasons.
- The Jaguares have lost six scrums in their last two games, twice as many as they had lost in their seven games prior combined.
- Wes Goosen has scored seven tries in his last six Super Rugby games, crossing at least once in each of those fixtures.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! we are underway in Argentina. Nicolas Sanchez starts the game with a high drop-start.
3.00: The Hurricanes are running from their own 22. Jordie Barrett keeps the play alive, but his brother, Beuden, kicks out on the full.
4.00: The Jaguares have the lineout inside the Canes’ 22.
6.00: The Hurricanes have their first put into the lineout, but have stolen three, already.
9.00: TRY! Ben Lam dots down but is taken out by Pablo Matera. The TMO is checking for a late hit. 0-5
10.00: CONVERSION! Beauden Barrett kicks the easy conversion. 0-7
15.00: MISS! Emiliano Boffelli hits his long-range penalty wide. Boy, he has a big boot.
17.00: PENALTY! Sanchez puts his team on the board with an easy three points from in front. 3-7
20.00: Massive scrum by the Kiwis, who won the scrum-penalty. Beauden Barrett sends the ball to the corner.
22.00: Matias Orlando and Bautista Ezcurra are both caught offsides. The Canes opt for a scrum, deep inside the Jaguares 22.
23.00: The Hurricanes butcher another set-piece move on the Jaguares’ five-metre line. The ball is lost forwards and the ball is hacked deep down the field. Beauden Barrett cleans up and clears.
25.00: TRY! Ngani Laumape takes Ardie Savea’s pass, swerves the on-rushing defenders and is in for the try. 3-12
26.00: MISS! Beauden Barrett can’t add the easy conversion. 3-12
30.00: The Hurricanes have a lineout on their 22. They are making some silly handling mistakes which are killing their momentum.
33.00: The Hurricanes stop a promising attack by the home team, but Beauden Barrett cleans up in the sweeper position. The Jaguares are not taking their chance and it will prove costly, mark my words.
37.00: Ardie Savea cleans up at the breakdown and the Hurricanes clear. It’s been stop-start for the visitors and poor, again, by the hosts.
39.00: Bautista Delguy goes close. However, after some phases, the visitors are pinged for offsides. Matera opts for the points.
41.00: PENALTY! Sanchez kicks his second penalty, just after the hooter. 6-12
The half-time score was Jaguares 6 Hurricanes 12
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in the second half.
44.00: Agustin Creevy wins the penalty at the ruck, fending off Sam Lousi and Ardie Savea. Boss!
46.00: TJ Perenara takes a quick-tap penalty but the possession is lost. The Jaguares attack from deep. Sanchez kicks to Jordie Barrett, who plays his brother. The Canes are going from side to side and lose the ball forwards, again.
48.00: PENALTY! Sanchez reduces the gap to three. 9-12
49.00: Beauden Barrett kicks to the corner and the Canes will look to set up a driving maul.
50.00: The Jaguares hold on in desperation and are awarded a penalty after another knock on by the visitors. Sanchez clears, but the ball is not out.
53.00: TRY! Matt Proctor is in for the score. The Hurricanes ran from their 22, sending the ball through the hands before Julien Savea barged through four defenders and offloaded TJ Perenara. Perenara tried to offload to Proctor, but Gonzalo Bertranou knocked it back and the centre gathered for the try. 9-17
55.00: CONVERSION! Beauden Barrett adds the extras. 9-19
57.00: YELLOW CARD! Ben May is sent to the bin for a dangerous cleanout at the breakdown.
57.00: MISS! Sanchez hits a worm burner; the ball did not make the goal-line: shocking!
61.00: MISS! Second time tonight that Beauden has pulled his kick. 9-19
63.00: The Hurricanes earn another penalty at the breakdown and will clear the danger.
65.00: TRY! Vince AsoFrom the lineout, the Kiwis go wide. Beauden Barrett puts in a grubber behind the Jaguares on-rushing defence. Joaquin Tuculet was up in the line, so Aso collects and scores the fourth for the New Zealanders. 9-24
66.00: CONVERSION! Barrett finds his radar. 9-26
69.00: The penalties are mounting against the Kiwis, but they have this one in the bag. Sanchez kicks to the corner and the home team go to the maul.
70.00: Some big hits stop the Jaguares. The ball is lost forwards after one too many picks and goes. It was Marcos Kremer who knocked forward.
73.00: Matias Orlando loses the ball forwards with the goal-line at his mercy. The Hurricanes counter-attack, but the home team are back inside the visitor’s 22.
75.00: The Jaguares win the penalty for a high tackle; Juan Martin Hernández kicks to the corner.
76.00: Jamie Booth wins the turnover with some great work at the ruck. The home team can’t finish a cupcake.
79.00: PENALTY! Jackson Garden-Bachop extends the lead. 9-29
80.00: TRY! Blade Thomson takes Alex Fidow’s back-door pass and finishes the game off in style.
81.00: MISS! Garden-Bachop misses from out wide, but the Canes get their first win of the season.
The final score: Jaguares 9 (6) Hurricanes 34 (12)
Pen – Sanchez (3)
Tries – Lam, Laumape, Proctor, Aso, Thomson
Pen – Garden-Bachop
Con – B. Barrett (3)
Cards – May (Yellow, 57′)
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Jose Covassi
TMO: Santiago Borsani
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Martin Hernández, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Blade Thomson, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso.