2014 Super Rugby Champions the Waratahs will play their first ever Super Rugby match against Argentina’s Jaguares in this match.
The Waratahs are second in the Australian Super Rugby Conference and will have home advantage in the match.The Jaguares are third in the Africa 2 Super Rugby conference
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are underway in Sydney. The Jaguares immediately win a penalty, right in front of the posts.
2.00: PENALTY! Sánchez puts the Argentinians on the board: 0-3
6.00: TRY Pablo Matera! Great support play by the visitor’s forwards. Guido Petti breaks and is supported by Leonardo Senatore, who pops to Matera, to run away for the try. The Jaguares have not won away since Round One in Port Elizabeth: 0-8
7.00: The conversion is good: 0-10
9.00: It is all Jaguares at the moment, in these early exchanges. Their support play and offloading has been great.
10.00: The Waratahs are wearing their Pacific Island jerseys to honour their indigenous and Pacific heritage. Lots of kicking going on by the Tahs, but no time to panic; their hands are letting them down.
12.00: TRY Matías Orlando! The tourists come again off the lineout and Nicolás Sánchez breaks through the midfield, going through Dean Mumm. The standoff races to the 22, he drew the defender and sends the centre away for the try: 0-15
13.00: MISS! Nicolás Sánchez can’t add the conversion after the ball bounces off the upright: 0-15
17.00: Damien Fitzpatrick makes a break into the Jaguares’ 22. After some messy rucking, the home team get the penalty.
18.00: PENALTY! Bernard Foley from in front: 3-15
20.00: Juan Manuel Leguizamón coughs up possession and the Waratahs start a counter-attack from deep. Some slack passing is killing the home side. 22.00: Guido Petti wins the ball and sends Jerónimo de la Fuente on a run up the field. The centre is tackled and danger averted, for now.
22.00: Guido Petti wins the ball and sends Jerónimo de la Fuente on a run up the field. The centre is tackled and danger averted, for now.
24.00: The Waratahs have so many holes around the edge of the ruck, which the Jaguares are taking full advantage of. The visitors earn another penalty at the breakdown.
25.00: PENALTY! Sánchez slots the three-pointer: 3-18
27.00: Joaquín Tuculet is back after passing the HIA. The Tahs get a penalty and kick to the corner. The Jaguares contest, but lose the ball forward by Leonardo Senatore. Scrum, in good field position for the home team.
28.00: Play has stopped for potential foul play.
29.00: YELLOW CARD! Ned Hanigan is in the bin for hands to the face.
31.00: Scuffles are starting to break out, to be fair, it’s not the Jaguares at the moment. The Tahs are frustrated and the ref talks to both captains. The Jags will kick to touch. The Tahs must keep their composure.
32.00: TRY Benjamin Macome! A clever lineout by the visitors, who shifted the rolling maul and walked the Waratahs’ pack backwards before the big lock takes a pass and dives over to score: 3-23
33.00: Sánchez adds the two points: 3-25
35.00: The Waratahs are in good field position, get the penalty advantage, Foley kicks a bomb for Folau, but it is not gathered. Tahs kick to the corner, again. they need a good drive.
37.00: TRY Israel Folau! Agustin Creevy is pinged for coming in from the side, Foley, knowing he has the advantage, attempts another cross-field kick for Folau. The kick was not good, but the fullback’s challenge sees him steal the ball from the defender and cut inside to score: 8-25
38.00: Foley adds the conversion: 10-25
39.00: YELLOW CARD! Guido Petti is in the bin for multiple infringements.
40.00: YELLOW CARD! Benjamin Macome is sent to the sidelines for more cynical play.
41.00: The Waratahs have the momentum and the Jaguares are imploding at the death. They opt for another scrum. good call because their opponents are two forwards light or two light in the backline.
43.00: Somehow, the Jaguares find a way to hold on without another card or a try.
The half-time score was Waratahs 10 Jaguares 25
41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway in the second-half. Both sides must keep their composure or they will cost their team, dearly. The Tahs have had 62% possession and 59% territory, but the advantage line percentage is 50 to the Tahs and 63 to the Jaguares, which is telling in the three tries that have been conceded by the home team.
The Waratahs have been behind 10 times out of their 15 games this season, winning only three.
41.58: TRY Bernard Foley! The Tahs go five phases before the standoff spots a gap, and ghosts through the gap inside the Jaguares’ defence to score: 15-25
43.00: Foley converts his own try to reduce the deficit: 17-25
45.00: TRY! Foley at the double! The Jaguares are leaking penalties at the breakdown. Foley kicks to touch, the Tahs attack, getting close to the line. Jake Gordon gathers the loose ball at the ruck, looks up and sees Foley. The flyhalf runs another good angle and goes over from close range: 22-25
46.00: Foley converts his second try from under the posts: 24-25
48.00: The Jaguares go up the field, but after some excellent running and carrying around the fringes, they are penalised for not releasing in the tackle.
50.00: Nicolás Sánchez gives a flat pass to Jerónimo de la Fuente, who runs away to score, but he is called back for a forward pass. The replay shows that the pass was flat, not forward; poor call by the officials.
53.00: Taqele Naiyaravoro runs into Benjamin Macome and Co. and is held up in the tackle, so the scrum will be to the Argentinians.
55.00: TRY Agustin Creevy! The Jaguares score after a mean rolling maul: 24-30
56.00: The conversion is good: 24-32
58.00: PENALTY! Foley kicks his second penalty to keep the Tahs in the hunt: 27-32
61.00: The Jaguares win a penalty, in front of the posts.
62.00: PENALTY! Sánchez takes the scores out to eight points: 27-35
65.00: The Waratahs have a scrum in good field position, but it pops out. However, the ref says it came out of the same tunnel. Time is running out for the home team. Juan Manuel Leguizamón has failed his HIA.
67.00: TRY Matías Moroni! The wing collects the on the touchline, darts forward and chips the ball in the air, chases it and, after another kick, gathers the bouncing ball to score: 27-40
68.00: The conversion is wide by the Argentinian flyhalf: 27-40
73.00: The Argentinians have had two more opportunities, but good defending by the home side has kept them out. The Tahs need two converted tries to win this.
75.00: Taqele Naiyaravoro makes a break from his own line and charges up the field. He offloads, but Foley kicks the ball out.
78.00: Taqele Naiyaravoro is at it again, close to the Jaguares’ tryline. The Tahs get the penalty and take it quickly.
79.00: another penalty to the home team for offsides. The Waratahs come again. Somehow, Foley knocks on, and that should be that.
80.00: The ball is kicked out and that’s that for the Tahs. The Jaguares win their first game on Aussie soil.
The final score is Waratahs 27 (10) Jaguares 40 (25)
Tries – Folau, Foley (2)
Pen – Foley (2)
Con – Foley (3)
Cards – Hanigan (Yellow, 29th minute)
Tries – Matera, Orlando, Macome, Creevy, Moroni
Pen – Sánchez (3)
Con – Sánchez (3)
Cards – Petti (Yellow, 39th minute), Macome (Yellow, 40th minute)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Ian Smith
15 Israel Folau, 14 Bryce Hegarty, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 David McDuling, 20 Ryan McCauley, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 23 Andrew Kellaway.
15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Benjamin Macome, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23 Santiago Cordero