Super Rugby

Jaguares hammer shoddy Sharks




The Jaguares smashed the shoddy Sharks 34-7 at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires.

The comfortable bonus-point victory seals top spot on the South African conference for the South Americans, while the Sharks will trek back to Durban, tails between their fins.

The win makes it three from four for the Jaguares, who lost their first four clashes with the storied franchise from Durbs but they have now overtaken them in every aspect.

The Sharks did not have the stomach to play a smarter, tougher opponent, bent on breaking them.

The visitors were more shrimp than Sharks: A shell of a team lacking any fight.

They could hardly have had less stomach for a battle than if they had included Paul Pogba and Mesut Özil in their midfield.

The men from the east coast looked like they were on North Beach getting ready to dine on a Wimpy special before hitting the surf.

This game was over from the beginning when a simple backline move proved too much for Robert du Preez Snr’s side.

Sebastian Cancelliere and Emiliano Boffelli both grabbed braces in each half to sink the Sharks, who were lucky to get anything.

Boffelli was brilliant, setting up Cancelliere’s second as the fullback delivered a virtuoso performance from the back.

Santiago Carreras crashed over with the final play of the evening, capping a perfect evening for his side.

For the visitors, it was abject humiliation.

This was a dismal showing from the Durbanites, playing like a poorly coached (which they are) club side.

The South Africans were abject in every aspect of the game.

André Esterhuizen’s 68th-minute try saved the embarrassment of getting nilled.

The Jaguares, on the other hand, was superb.

They did all the basics right, while the visitors ran around like headless chickens, void of any idea of how to play this game.

The Durban side’s set-piece creaked throughout, losing multiple attacking lineouts, and they were dominated in the scrum.

They had no platform, whereas their hosts were the opposite.

Jaguares dominate sorry Sharks in the opening stanza

The Jaguares controlled the opening 40 minutes, taking a decent lead into the shed; however, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla’s goal-kicking was wayward.

The home team left 11 points on the field during a commanding first-half display by the hosts.

Díaz Bonilla and Boffelli conspired to miss three penalties in the final six minutes of the half, which skewed the scoreline at the half.

The flyhalf also missed a conversion, too.

Gonzalo Quesada has taken the South American franchise forward.

They are the real deal.

Super Rugby Video Highlights, Round 17: Jaguares versus Sharks, Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Their discipline has improved. Their skills look sharp, and their defence suffocates opponents, they take their chances and look good doing it, too.

Robert du Preez Snr’s men shipped penalties and turnovers; they could not keep the ball.

The Sharks were one-dimensional; they could not string more a series of attacks together, and when they did, they coughed-up possession.

The Jaguares made them pay, scoring twice to take a 12-point first quarter lead.

They made a statement from their first lineout, scoring after a sweeping backline move.

Cancelliere opened the scoring in the third-minute, fending off Makazole Mapimpi before dotting down in the corner.

Boffelli doubled the Jaguares’ lead after a sublime midfield move. The fullback ghosted through Hyron Andrews and Coenie Oosthuizen, who had no chance.

Díaz Bonilla’s conversion was good.

The Sharks were chasing shadows; they could not get their hands on the ball, and when they did, they coughed it up.

Díaz Bonilla and Boffelli’s miscues from the tee kept the visitors in the game, albeit in theory.

Sharks ill-discipline continue to haunt them

Díaz Bonilla extended after more infringements, soon after the restart.

Then the wheels fell off.

Boffelli took a high-ball out of Curwin Bosch’s hands and beat Lukhanyo Am to the try-line.

The score killed the Sharks, who looked like they were already on the plane home.

Dismal from the Durbanites, who crumbled meekly.

Boffelli set-up Cancelliere’s second, on the hour, after a jinking run from outside his 22.

Esterhuizen crashed over with 11 minutes remaining to save his side’s blushes, but Carreras supplied the dagger with a last-gasp score of his own.

Domingo Miotti rolled off the bench and added a bit of spice, grubbering for the winger, who dotted down in the corner.

The irony is that the Sharks could still qualify for the knockout stages.

Final Score: Jaguares 34 (12) Sharks 7 (0)


Tries – Cancelliere (2), Boffelli (2), Carreras
Pen – Díaz Bonilla
Con – Díaz Bonilla (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Esterhuizen
Pen –
Con – Bosch
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2: Damian Schneider
TMO: Marius Jonker



15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Francisco Gorrisen, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando.


15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Aphelele Fassi.

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