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Jaguares beat Bulls in Pretoria

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The Bulls have played the Jaguares six times in Super Rugby since 2016; the Blue Bulls have won two matches and lost four.

The Bulls’ two wins out of six matches give them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Jaguares regardless of venue.

  • The last time these teams met in Pretoria the Jaguares won – it was a game in which the Argentinian side won despite trailing at halftime.
  • The Bulls have lost their last four Super Rugby matches; they’ve not lost more consecutive games since a six-game run across the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
  • The Jaguares have gained 108 metres from their maul this season, almost double that of any other team (Reds next on 56m), scoring a competition-high five maul tries in the process.
  • The Bulls have averaged the fewest missed tackles per game of any side this season (16.7) while they’ve also restricted their opponents this year to a competition-low four offloads per game.
  • Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jaguares) has made 31/31 tackles in Super Rugby this season, the most of any player who is yet to miss one.

Match detail

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Warrick Gelant, who celebrates his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Bulls tonight, leads out the home team.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Pretoria for the last Super Rugby game of the weekend.

3.00: The Argentinians attack deep into Bulls territory, but they lose possession allowing Pote Human’s men to clear.

4.00: TRY! Emiliano Boffelli finishes off a well-worked attack, beating Rosco Specman, who was drawn in by Jeronimo De La Fuente. 0-5

6.00: MISS! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla’s kick is well wide. 0-5

9.00: The wet conditions are hindering the players’ handling.

10.00: TRY! Marco van Staden bounces Gonzalo Bertranou to score in the corner after a sublime front-of-lineout move involving hooker Jaco Visagie. 5-all

12.00: CONVERSION! Morne Steyn bangs over the touchline conversion. 7-5

15.00: Good defending by the Bulls, however, Specman goes offside at the breakdown.

17.00: TRY! Rodrigo Bruni barges over after a sublime fake driving maul. The Bulls are left scratching their heads, wondering how they allowed the number eight such an easy try. 7-10

18.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 7-10

20.00: Diaz Bonilla pins the Bulls inside their half. The tourists are employing high kicks to challenge for possession inside their opponent’s half.

23.00: Handling mistakes are mounting as both teams try to go wide in the wet conditions.

25.00: Bruni wins the penalty after Josh Strauss does not release.

27.00: Bulls are under immense pressure inside their 22; however, they manage to stop the visitors in their tracks.

29.00: Penalty to the Bulls allows them to clear their lines.

31.00: Another handling error, this time by Guido Petti Pagadizaval gifts the Bulls possession from which they launch a counter-attack.

32.00: The Jaguares win the turnover after Johnny Kotze’s linebreak set-up a good attacking chance inside the opposition’s 22.

34.00: Bertranou’s box-kick sails out on the full. Lineout to the Bulls on halfway.

35.00: TRY! Gelant dives over in the corner after a thrilling counter-attack that started inside the Bulls half. 12-10

36.00: CONVERSION! Steyn slots the touchline conversion. 14-10

37.00: TRY! Sensational from the Jaguares! Petti finishes off a sublime deep counter-attack by Diaz Bonilla, who runs from inside his half to the Bulls 22 before offloading an outrageous chicken-wing pass to the supporting Petti. 14-15

38.00: CONVERSION! Bonilla can’t miss from almost in front. 14-17

40.00: Strauss is offsides; Bonilla boots the ball to the opposition’s 10m.

40.00: TRY! Matias Moroni gatherers Diaz Bonilla’s chip-kick and dances his way over the whitewash for a dagger before halftime. 14-22

41.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-24

The halftime score was Bulls 14 Jaguares 24

41.00: We are back underway in Pretoria.

42.00: TRY! A dazzling run from Specman from inside his half ends with Cornal Hendricks touching down in the corner. Wow! 19-24

43.00: CONVERSION! Steyn bangs the touchline conversion through the middle of the posts. 21-24

46.00: Bonilla kicks a penalty to the corner.

47.00: YELLOW CARD! The Jaguares go a dozen phases before winning another penalty for a high tackle by Johnny Kotze on Tomas Lezana. Kotze goes to the bin. 21-24

49.00: Julian Montoya goes close again, but this time he is held up over the line; scrum to the visitors.

50.00: TRY! Diaz Bonilla went to the boot with another crossfield kick-pass to the waiting Boffelli, who cut inside Gelant to score. 21-29

51.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla slots the wide kick. 21-31

54.00: PENALTY! Steyn reduces the gap. 24-31

56.00: All still to play for in South Africa.

57.00: The Bulls concede another penalty, their 11th of the game. Diaz Bonilla calls for the tee.

58.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf makes no mistake from distance. 24-34

62.00: Specman launches a punt ahead to kickstart a counter-attack for the Bulls.

64.00: The hosts go six phases before play comes to a halt for offside. We have a break to check for foul play by Diaz Bonilla on Specman.

64.00: YELLOW CARD! The 30-year-old flyhalf is off for foul play for reckless play to the face. 24-34

65.00: The Bulls kick to the corner, their maul goes nowhere, but they win another penalty. We go again to another maul.

67.00: Another 10-phase attack ends with another penalty, this time to the Jaguares.

68.00: The coaches are ringing the final changes.

69.00: Bulls continue to give away needless penalties, especially inside the Jaguares’ half. Boffelli boots the ball into the opposition’s 22.

71.00: Wiehahn Herbst gives away the Bulls’ 13th penalty. Boffelli keeps the pressure on the home team by booting to the corner.

72.00: Strauss, who is the stand-in captain now, is warned for repeated infringements. Jaguares run down the clock with another slow walk to the lineout.

73.00: TRY! Santiago Socino flops over the chalk to seal the deal. 24-39

74.00: MISS! Boffelli pushes his kick wide, but no matter. 24-39

77.00: Bulls looking to take the shine off the Jaguares’ win.

78.00: Bulls going through the phases, but are running out of ideas against a strong defence.

79.00: TURNOVER! Jaguares win back possession, take their time before clearing.

81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is kicked into the stands.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Bulls 24 (14) Jaguares 39 (24)

Scorers

Bulls
Tries – Van Staden, Gelant, Hendricks
Pen –
Con – Steyn (2)
Drop –
Cards – Kotze (Yellow, 48′)

Jaguares
Tries – Boffelli (2), Bruni, Petti, Moroni, Socino
Pen – Diaz Bonilla
Con – Diaz Bonilla (3)
Drop –
Cards – Diaz Bonilla (Yellow, 64′)

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2: Griffin Colby
TMO: Marius Jonker

Teams

Bulls

Head Coach: Pote Human

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Trevor Nyakane (captain), 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.

Jaguares

Head Coach: Gonzalo Quesada

15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Joel Sclavi, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Juan Bautista Pedemonte, 21 Domingo Miotti, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Santiago Chocobares.

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