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Lions plan backfires as Jaguares earn fourth win



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The Jaguares earned their fourth victory of the Super Rugby season by beating the Lions 34-22 at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires

The Lions failed to earn a bonus point from the match and missed the opportunity to finish the season on top of the Super Rugby standings.

The Hurricanes remain on top of the Super Rugby standings and the Lions finish the regular season in second place.

Johannesburg’s Lions took a “B” team to Argentina in order to rest their stars for the quarter finals next weekend but the tactic has cost them a potential home final.

The Lions led the Jaguares for the first 50 minutes of the match but their scrum started to struggle and their discipline slipped. As the match progressed and the Lions brought on their replacements the Jaguares edged further and further ahead.

The Lions also had to play for 15 minutes with 14 players while Cyle Brink and later Lourens Erasmus were sin-binned.

Both teams scored three tries each but the Jaguares had three tries ruled out by the Television Match Official.

The Lions must now prepare for a long, depressing flight home across the Atlantic Ocean while the Jaguares celebrate the most impressive of four victories in a 15-match debut season.

“It was a tough match and the Lions enjoyed a good first half,” admitted Jaguares skipper and scrum-half Martin Landajo, standing in for injured hooker Agustin Creevy.

“But in the second half we were very good and deserved our second victory in three weeks over a South African side.

“This is a wonderful climax to the season for our supporters. I am so happy that we produced such a fine performance in front of them.”

Lions skipper and scrum-half Ross Cronje conceded that the superior side won on a bitterly cold night at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.

“The Jaguares played for 80 minutes, but we faded after half-time and conceded far too many penalties.

“Our discipline slipped under severe pressure during the second half, resulting in two forwards (Cyle Brink and Lourens Erasmus) being sin-binned.

“We want to get home and start doing our homework on the Crusaders, who beat us in Johannesburg this season.”

Number eight Facundo Isa was outstanding in an Argentine pack that held their own in the opening half and took charge after the break, especially when numerically advantaged.

Fears that the absence of inspirational leader Creevy and fellow casualty, flanker Pablo Matera, would have a negative impact proved unfounded.

Lions won the first-half try contest 2-0 and when giant winger Anthony Volmink scored his second two minutes into the second half for a 22-12 lead, it seemed the reserve-team gamble might pay off.

But the South Africans did not score again while the Argentines claimed 22 points, including tries from Isa and substitute lock Matias Alemanno plus a penalty try.

The other 19 points came from fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, who slotted two conversions and five penalties from nine shots at goal.

Volmink (2) and full-back Sylvian Mahuza scored tries for the Lions with fly-half Jaco van der Walt converting two and kicking one penalty.

Next week the Lions will host the Crusaders in Johannesburg in a rematch of the sixth round contest which was won 37-43 by the Crusaders.

The Jaguares finish the season with four wins from their fifteen matches this season.

Final Score Jaguares 34 (12)  Lions 22 (15) 


Tries -F. Isa, Penalty Try, M.Alemanno
Pen – N.Sanchez 5
Con – N.Sanchez 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – A.Volmink 2, S.Mahuza
Pen –  J. van der Walt
Con – J. van der Walt
Drop –
Cards – C.Brink (53rd min yellow), L Erasmus (75th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO : Santiago Borsani



1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julian Montoya, 3. Ramiro Herrera; 4.Guido Petty, 5. Tomás Lavanini; 6.Javier Ortega Desio 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. Facundo Bosch, 17. Santiago García Botta, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Mattias Alemanno, 20.Marcos Kremer , 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22.Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23.Mattias Orlando


15 Sylvian Mahuza , 14 Koch Marx , 13 Stokkies Hanekom , 12 Howard Mnisi , 11 Anthony Volmink , 10 Jaco van der Walt , 9 Ross Cronjé (c) , 8 Cyle Brink , 7 Robert Kruger , 6 Stef de Witt , 5 Lourens Erasmus , 4 Martin Muller , 3 Jacques van Rooyen , 2 Akker van der Merwe , 1 Corné Fourie

Replacements : 16 Ramone Samuels , 17 Clinton Theron , 18 Pieter Scholtz , 19 Fabian Booysen , 20 Ruaan Lerm , 21 Dillon Smit , 22 Jacques Nel , 23 Shaun Reynolds , 24 Bobby de Wee , 25 Ashlon Davids

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  1. Tony

    17th July 2016 at 12:58 am

    The plan dos not backfire, because the main plan was not only to win the game. That would’ve been a bonus obviously. Part of the plan was having a well prepared and rested side for the quarters. So please rethink the title of the article.

    • Super Rugby

      17th July 2016 at 1:09 am

      We disagree, the Lions hoped to go to Buenos Aires and win in order to remain on top OR get a bonus point and remain on top. They failed to do either and they now have to hope the Hurricanes lose otherwise they will travel.

      • AuntieMavis

        17th July 2016 at 2:34 am

        Absolutely right. They needed a bonus point to top the roster and thus play all their games at Ellis Park.

      • André

        17th July 2016 at 8:59 am

        How would the Lions hope to win against the PUMAS (that’s right, they try to hide it under a new name but we all know who they are)…without their 15 starting players??? It’s mind-blowing how a national team like Argentina didn’t smash a second string Lions team!
        Well done Lions, you played with heart! (not against the so-called Jaguares, but the PUMAS)

        • Oskkar

          18th July 2016 at 5:40 pm

          Sorry, Saturday Jags team was far from being Pumas. At least half the team was missing and there were three players from U20 team facing their first match. Want names? Creevy, Bosch, Senatore, Imhoff, Moroni, Ayerza, Matera were not, and the list goes… Replacements from U20 were Facundo Bosch, Kremer, García Botta. First time in Jags and not Puma you have a Pieretto and Bertranou. Better check your info

      • Duhan

        18th July 2016 at 1:43 am

        Haha, plan didn’t backfire. They sacrificed a game in order to have a rested team for the next 3 games (potentially). Flying to Argentina and back right before playoffs is silly. If they finished top, great, if not, you have a rested team for potential travel 3 weeks later. I understand, you need some sort of catchy headline, even if it is inaccurate….

        • Super Rugby

          18th July 2016 at 9:40 am

          Duhan, It’s not an inaccurate headline at all. Given that the Lions were competitive against the Jaguares for around 50 minutes had they taken a more experienced squad (a better bench at least) its reasonable to suggest that they would come away with some points from the match. As they did not they now face a team who they have already lost to this season instead of a team that they recently thumped. In addition the Lions now need the Sharks to beat the Hurricanes to become the top seeded team. Leaving all of their best players at home did backfire.

    • Bitbug

      17th July 2016 at 8:25 am

      True. You plan for the next game only. You have to be pragmatic. How many times have I tried that glory shot in golf. You know, the one over the water around the tree. It very seldom comes off. It is clearly beneficial to have a well rested side sans jet lag to face the Crusaders. Worry about the final if and when you get there.

  2. Jerome

    17th July 2016 at 1:53 am

    Hahaha, Lions won’t have to travel anywhere. . . As Crusaders will spank them next weekend!

  3. Gawie

    17th July 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Lions will revenge the loss to crusaders earlier. Go LIONS!!!!

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