South Africa’s leading Super Rugby side the Lions play the last of three matches on Friday and they host Argentina’s Jaguares in Johannesburg.
The Lions and Jaguares have played each other three times over the last two years and the Lions have won just once.
However, they have won their last nine games at Ellis Park, scoring 34 points or more on every occasion.
Los Jaguares are coming off a loss to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria last weekend and will look to get their campaign back on track.
Felipe Ezcurra replaces Gonzalo Bertranou at scrumhalf and Nicolás Sánchez makes a return to flyhalf for Santiago González Iglesias.
The Jags have lost their two matches in South Africa, have the given away the most penalties and had the most yellow cards. Discipline will be crucial tonight.
The visitors did, however, beat the Lions earlier in the season in Argentina, winning 36-24.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
The teams are out on the field and Nicolás Sánchez kicks off.
2.00: Jaguares will have the first scrum. It’s reset. Angus Gardner asks for the front rows to be still before engaging.
3.00: The Argentines attack but, give the ball away with a grubber kick. The Lions clear and the visitors come again.
4.00: TRY Matías Orlando! The Jaguares send the ball out wide and through the hands. some good defence stops the initial burst, Sánchez. The flyhalf offloads to Jerónimo De La Fuente, he is brought down, Rodrigo Báez is next to get stopped short. He puts the ball on a plate for the centre, who picks up and scores.
5.00: Sánchez adds the conversion. Good start for the visitors.
6.00: The Lions get a penalty for silly offsides by the Jaguares. They are stopped and will kick to touch again.
8.00: the Lions go through the phases but cannot get over the whitewash.
10.00: Ross Cronjé tries to set up another ‘crash-ball’ but the referee gets in the way and the momentum is lost. Red ball, 12 metres out.
11.00: TRY Harold Vorster! The Lions go blind through skipper Warren Whiteley. The hosts change direction and Crionjé passes to Vorster, who on the angle, collects and evades two defenders and goes over. Wonderful run by the centre.
12.00: Elton Jantjies adds the extras and the scores are level.
14.00: The Lions have a defensive lineout. They win a penalty and will clear. Simple errors by the Jaguares, their discipline is not good, again.
15.00: Penalty. Jaguares. Agustín Creevy wins the penalty after Johannes Jonker is pinged for holding.
17.00: The Lions take a quick throw and are on the attack. Jaco Kriel of all people puts in a little dink kick and Ramiro Moyano takes it out. Lineout to the hosts.
18.00: Penalty to the Lions and they kick to the corner. The Jaguares are under immense pressure.
19.00: TRY Warren Whiteley? TMO is called after Ben O’Keeffe raises his flag. The captain looks to have stepped into touch. Should be a lineout to the visitors. Yes, it is.
20.00: Nicolás Sànchez clears but Andries Coetzee takes it quickly and the Lions come again. The ball is lost forward and the Jags get a reprieve. They are under serious pressure.
21.00: TIGHTHEAD! The Lions win the scrum and attack.
22.00: TRY Lionel Mapoe! The outside centre goes wide, beats Matías Orlando’s tackle, straightens and with a show-and-go, is in, under the posts. The Jaguares are in disarray.
23.00: Jantjies makes no mistake and the home team are in the lead.
24.00: Oh dear! Tomás Lezana knocks on under no pressure and the Lions will have the put in, inside their 22.
26.00: The Jaguares look tired and we are not yet at the half hour mark. They’re lethargic, giving away stupid penalties and can’t catch. What is going on?
27.00: Jantjies with a big hit and Bautista Ezcurra is held up in the maul; scrum Lions, just inside their 10.
29.00: Jerónimo De La Fuente with a big tackle and Benjamin Macome wins the penalty at the ruck. The Jaguares will kick to the corner.
31.00: Jaco Kriel wins another maul and the ref deems it was held up. Scrum to the Lions inside their 22. That was poor from the Argentinians. They are really not at the races today.
32.00: The Jaguares turn the ball over and are camped on thenLions try line.
33.00: Oh no! Ramiro Moyano knocks on with Harold Vorster about to hit him with a tackle. Poor from the fullback.
34.00: Scrum to the Lions.
35.00: The Jaguares turn it over and Agustín Creevy takes it forward. However, the skipper is held up by Franco Mostert and the Lions win their third maul.
36.00: Jantjies puts in a cross-field kick, the ball bounces in front of Kriel and into touch. Unlucky because if the flank collected, the Lions had a two-on-one and were inside dangerous territory.
37.00: Penalty to the Lions; Jantjies kicks into the 22 of the visitors and the Lions will have a lineout in good field position.
39.00: The Lions go to the short side after some phases but, the Jaguares win the ball at the breakdown as the hosts are penalised for holding.
40.00: Jerónimo De La Fuente is tackled high and the Jags will have a penalty from around halfway. There’s time for the kick to touch and will have a last chance to reduce the deficit.
41.00: It’s a penalty to the Lions after the Jaguares mess up their driving maul. Accidental offside. Angus Gardner speaks to Warren Whiteley about off the ball incidents and backchat.
43.00: Jantjies kicks to touch and the Lions will have a last attempt to score.
The Jaguares counter-attack but the ball is sent to the stands by Coetzee. BEEP! BEEP!
The halftime score was Lions 14 Jaguares 7
Johan Ackermann says he’s not happy with the first 40 minutes. He wants his team to be more clinical and keep the ball better. The benches will be crucial and the Lions have a knack
The benches will be crucial and the Lions have a knack for scoring in the final quarter, whereas the Jaguares, often lose their way.
Elton Jantjies restarts the game.
42.00: The Jaguares lose the ball forward. Scrum to the Lions.
43.00: Lineout to the Lions just outside the visitor’s 22.
44.00: The Jaguares win the ball and Sánchez puts in a good kick. Tambwe knocks it into touch.
45.00: Penalty for a high tackle against Ross Cronjé.
48.00: TRY Rodrigo Báez! The big man gets tackled short but reaches out and scores. It was one v four and he still found a way to dot down.
49.00: Sánchez makes no mistake. The scores are level.
51.00: TRY Guido Petti! Wow! Another wonderful team try. Like the chiefs and the Brumbies today, the Jaguares go the length of the field, with about a dozen hands touching the ball. Báez was stopped short in the same corner he had just scored in.
The visitors send it wide to the left and the lock forward powers over. What was he doing on the wing? Glorious try!
52.00: Sánchez, from the corner, adds the two.
54.00: YELLOW CARD! Harold Vorster to the sin bin for a cynical tacklePenalty, Sánchez opts for goal.
55.00: It’s wide.
58.00: Both teams are emptying their benches.
59.00: Scrum to the Jaguares and the Lions are under pressure now. They turn the ball over and clear.
60.00: The game is entering the final quarter; the Lions’ unbeaten home record is under threat. Possession is still with the visitors. Courtnall Skosan saves the day after the man with the best name in rugby, put in a grubber.
61.00: The Jaguares are penalised for illegal scrumming. Creevy asked the ref for more clarification but he still looks baffled. The Lions run the ball out from their 22.
63.00: Warren Whiteley has been immense. He puts in a big tackle and the Lions win the penalty after Malcolm Marx gets stuck in at the ruck.
65.00: The Lions have gone through multiple phases and are camped on the Jaguares’ 22.
66.00: The Lions are playing in the wrong areas. And when they are in good position, they are losing the ball. If the Jaguares were more clinical, they’d have won this game by now.
67.00: The ref speaks to the new front rows and tells them he wants stability and no early engagements.
68.00: The Jaguares lose the ball and the hosts are attacking in good field position. It’s slow ball but, you wonder how much gas the visitors have in the tank? Try? No. Mahuza is in touch.
70.00: TRY Ruan Ackermann! What a try. It started deep inside the Lions’ 22. Skosan carried the ball back into the opposition’s half and the flanker, on the switch, collects and scores.
71.00: Jantjies levels the scores. Game on!
75.00: BIG SCRUM by the Lions and they win the penalty.
76.00: PENALTY! Jantjies puts the Lions ahead with only minutes remaining.
78.00: The Lions are on the attack and Coetzee fakes a dummy drop kick, sends the ball wide but, lose it forward.
79.00: One last chance for the Jags from deep inside their 22.
80.00: It’s desperate defence by the Lions as the Jaguares search for the game-winning try. It’s turned over by the Lions and instead of clearing, they get penalised for holding. It’s Marx with the mistake. Jags kick deep down field for a lineout.
81.00: The Jaguares lose the ball and the Lions hang on for the win. Wow! What a game!
The score after 80 minutes is Lions 24 (14) Jaguares 21 (7)
Tries – Vorster, Mapoe, Ackermann
Pen – Jantjies
Con – Jantjies (3)
Cards – Vorster (Yellow, 54th minute)
Tries – Orlando, Báez, Petti
Con – Sánchez (3)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.
15 Ramiro Moyano, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sànchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (Captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquín Diaz Bonilla, 23 Emiliano Boffelli