The Hurricanes have played the Jaguares twice in Super Rugby since 2016, winning both encounters.
Both Hurricanes’ winning margins against the Jaguares in Super Rugby were comprehensive: an 18-point victory in 2016 and a 25-point win in 2018.
- The Hurricanes have lost just four of their last 39 home games in Super Rugby, each of those defeats was against opposition from New Zealand.
- The last time the Canes were beaten at home by any side from outside their conference was in April 2015, when they lost to the Waratahs at Westpac Stadium.
- The Jaguares have won three of their last five Super Rugby games against opposition from New Zealand (L2); seven points or fewer have decided all five games in that span.
- The Jaguares average the most kicks in play per-game in Super Rugby 2019 (25), four more than the Hurricanes (21).
- Pablo Matera has made the most offloads (15) of any forward in Super Rugby 2019, seven more than Hurricanes’ best forward Ardie Savea (8).
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway for Round 14 of Super Rugby in Wellington, New Zealand.
0.49: TRY! Typical Hurricanes. Jordie Barrett dances through several defenders, stands up strong in a double choke-tackle, but he gets the ball away to keep the ball alive. Ngani Laumape grubbers to the corner for Vaea Fifita, who chases, and scores. 5-0
2.00: MISS! Barrett, kicking in the absence of Beauden, pushes his kick wide. 5-0
4.00: The Hurricanes go close again. The Jaguares’ defending is atrocious, they’ve started poorly.
6.00: Sebastien Cancelliere and Juan Manuel Leguizamon collide in the air going for the same ball, which is knocked on by Cancelliere.
8.00: John Plumtree’s side is kicking behind the Jaguares’ back-three at every opportunity. Twice since the opening try, the Canes have looked for the kick-chase on the ground.
10.00: It’s the visitor’s turn to go to the boot, but the ball rolls into touch.
13.00: Isaia Walker-Leawere, caught offsides. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicks for the corner.
15.00: PENALTY TRY! YELLOW CARD! A good lineout drive ends after eight phases when Barrett slaps the ball out of the in-goal area with Matias Moroni about to dot down after chasing a Diaz Bonilla grubber. You cannot deliberately knock the ball out of play in the in-goal area. TJ Perenar’s mistake trying to collect the ball, but missing, did not help, either. 5-7
17.00: It was a brave call by the Argentinians to go to the lineout, instead of taking the easy three points. They need to keep possession and get another seven, at least, while they have the numerical advantage.
20.00: Agustin Creevy is held up in the tackle. Scrum to the hosts.
22.00: Ben Lam wins the contest, the ball goes wide. Fifita charges forward, in midfield.
23.00: Jeff To’omaga-Allen loses the ball, and the Jaguares win possession, however, they kick the ball away. Game management has never been the South American’s strong point.
24.00: Luamape is offside. Diaz Bonilla puts the ball out deep inside their host’s 22. Barrett re-enters the field. Superb game management from the Canes.
25.00: TRY! Another good driving maul by the Argentinians. The maul stopped, but the South American pack wheeled to the left and powered over the try-line to extend their lead. 5-12
27.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla adds the extras. 5-14
28.00: Some ill-discipline from the tourists allows Barrett to take a shot at goal.
29.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake. 8-14
31.00: Barrett takes a penalty quickly, but his kick is poor and not out. It allows the Jaguares to counter-attack after a kicking duel. Emiliano Boffelli is the man to end the kicking battle with a kick out on halfway.
33.00: The Argentinians survive a surprise attack from the lineout. Tomás Lavanini wins the penalty at the breakdown. The ball is cleared to the opposition’s 10m.
34.00: Perenara has to make a last-ditch tackle on Jeronimo de la Fuente, five metres out from his line.
33.38: TRY! The skipper finishes off after Asafo Aumua’s wayward throw. Javier Ortego Desio stole the lineout, the ball was recycled, and De la Fuente crashed over next to the posts. 8-19
35.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla cannot miss from in front. 8-21
36.00: Ardie Savea takes the free kick quickly. The Hurricanes lose the ball because of some sloppy handling, the Jaguares try to go wide, but drop the ball. Scrum inside the visitor’s 22.
38.00: The Jaguares win the turnover, but then undo all their good work by being held-up in the maul.
39.00: BIG SCRUM! The Hurricanes get the better of their opponents, winning a scrum-penalty.
40.00: SUPERB KICK! Barrett, close to the touchline, puts the ball out on the Jaguares’ 5m. Sensational.
41.00: BIG DEFENCE! The Jaguares, all high-fiving and shouting, win the turnover after a poor rolling maul by the Hurricanes.
The halftime score was Hurricanes 8 Jaguares 21
41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Wellington. Savea and Luamape infringe at the breakdown (one of them did, at least) and the Jaguares kick to the 22.
44.00: The Jaguares counter-attack ends with a 22 drop-out to the hosts.
46.00: The Hurricanes cannot keep possession, and are uncharacteristically poor with their passing.
48.00: Plumtree’s men are on a sustained eight-phase attack inside the opposition’s 22.
50.00: TRY! Laumape, fending off two defenders, finishes in the corner. Perenara sent the centre away after a strong run by Aumua. The Canes needed that. Lam’s strong run set the move in motion. 13-21
51.00: MISS! Barrett, not the most reliable from the tee, cannot convert. 13-21
54.00: Lots of stoppages at the minute.
55.00: Gonzalo Quesada is ringing the changes, but curiously, Plumtree is not. He has not made one change, instead, opting to give his starters a long run because of the bye, next week.
57.00: Big Scrum by the Hurricanes, who opted for a scrum after seeing Creevy leave the field. They dominated the set-piece, winning a penalty.
58.00: POOR THROW! The Jaguares win the opposition’s throw, and clear.
59.00: Another steal! The Hurricanes’ hooker is having a nightmare.
60.00: The game is riddled with mistakes. Diaz Bonilla missed his touch, Barrett returned, but Boffelli lets the ball bounce, then slices his clearance. Disasterous play all around.
63.00: Plumtree, if he had hair, would be pulling it out. His side has not been at the races, and are in danger of losing their first match at Westpac Stadium against non-Kiwi opposition since 2015.
66.00: TRY! Ramiro Moyano breaks into the 22. Moroni took the tackle, the ball was quickly recycled. The forwards regrouped. They rolled up their sleeves, using the pick-and-goes before Julian Montoya crashed over. 13-26
68.00: CONVERSION! Another good kick by the Jaguares first-five eight. 13-28
72.00: Salesi Rayasi knocks on, but the Canes had an advantage. Time is running out for the Kiwis.
75.00: The Hurricanes are running around like headless chickens; they were not ready for this lot.
78.00: The Canes are looking for consolation before their bye-week. They are on the Jaguares’ line, but cannot score, instead, turning over possession. Beauden Barrett was sorely missed tonight, but the South Americans have been immense.
81.00: Wes Goosen goes close. The Jaguares go off their feet. The next penalty is yellow, so the ref says.
83.00: TRY! Kane Le’aupepe crashes over under the posts. 18-28
84.00: CONVERSION! Barrett ends the game with the conversion. 20-28
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The final score is Hurricanes 20 (8) Jaguares 28 (21)
Tries – Fifita, Laumape,Le’aupepe
Con – J. Barrett
Cards – J. Barrett (Yellow, 15′)
Tries – Penalty try, Creevy, De la Fuente, Montoya
Con – Diaz Bonilla (3)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams
TMO: Aaron Paterson
15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Salesi Rayasi
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Sebastien Cancelliere, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortego Desio, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando