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Hurricanes blow away Jaguares


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The Hurricanes overcame their own limitations as they beat the Jaguares 9-34 at Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires.

The New Zealanders scored five tries in the bonus-point victory while keeping the Argentinians tryless.

Three Nicolas Sanchez penalties were all the Argentinians had to show for this insipid display.

Ben Lam and Ngani Laumape crossed the whitewash before the break to give their side a 6-12 half-time lead.

The Hurricanes had the better of the game, dominating the first half, but their usual slick handing abandoned them in the red zone.

Beuden Barrett marshalled his team, but it was Ardie Savea who was a powerhouse.

The Jaguares lost three lineouts inside the opening six minutes before Lam’s ninth-minute try.

On a positive note, it was the first time in many games – and one of the only ones – where the South Americans did not receive a yellow card.

The Jaguares, who have lost all three of their Super Rugby fixtures could not string together any phases, or put the visitors under any sort of sustained pressure.

The Kiwis scored three more tries after the break. Matt Proctor, Vince Aso and Blade Thomson all got on the scoresheet.

Proctor’s score was set up by a rampaging Julien Savea.

The ‘Bus’ powered over and through four Jaguares defenders before passing to Perenara, whose attempted offload was knocked forward for the outside centre to gather.

The Hurricanes had been stopped twice, five metres from the goal-line after two penalty kicks into the corner.

Then the floodgates opened.

Beuden Barrett’s pin-point grubber was collected by Aso, who had a free run to the posts after Joaquin Tuculet had joined the line.

The Jaguares, once again, were their own worst enemies. They failed to take any of their multiple scoring opportunities, instead, butchering every attempt.

Thomson, with time running out, burst down the right-hand touchline and offloaded a chicken-wing pass to the supporting Alex Fidow.

Fidow was tackled short of the line but got up and unselfishly passed to Thomson to finish off the little one-two.

Final score: Jaguares 9 (6) Hurricanes 34 (12)


Tries –
Pen – Sanchez (3)
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Lam, Laumape, Proctor, Aso, Thomson
Pen – Garden-Bachop
Con – B. Barrett (3)
Drop –
Cards – May (Yellow, 57′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Jose Covassi
TMO: Santiago Borsani

Match Officials
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.

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