Argentina’s Jaguares became the first ever foreign Super Rugby team to beat the Brumbies in Canberra on their first attempt by beating the ACT side 20-25 at the GIO stadium.
The Brumbies loss means that every Australian team lost in Round 10.
The Super rugby victory is the Jaguares first ever victory over the Brumbies as the first and only other meeting between the sides was won 15-39 by the Brumbies.
The victory is the Jaguares second win on their Australasian tour this month as last week they beat the Rebels in Melbourne.
The result moves the Jaguares into fourth spot in the South African conference which puts the Stormers in last place for that conference. The Brumbies remain third in the Australian conference behind the Waratahs and Rebels.
The Jaguares opened the scoring in the fourth minute and led throughout the match.
The Brumbies performance was one of their worst this season and in the opening half hardly touched the ball. When they did get some rare ball it was kicked away or they conceded a penalty.
The Brumbies managed to outscore the Jaguares in tries in the first half but in truth they were outclassed by the Jaguares who dominated the half.
Ironically had Brumbies playmaker Hawera landed both of his conversion kicks the Brumbies could have led at half time. Instead the Jaguares led 10-13.
Both teams scored three tries each but Brumbies fullback Tom Banks crossed twice for the home side. Chance Peni scored the other Brumbies try.
Matias Orlando,Jerome De La Fuente and Emeliano Bofelli scored tries for the Jaguares.
Often in matches yellow cards prove to be the game changer for a side and in this case when wing Emiliano Boffelli was sin-binned for in the 50th minute for tackling Henry Speight in the air it was the Jaguares that stepped up their game.
With one player less the Jaguares took control of the match and enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession. The Jaguares created space where Boffelli should have been on the left wing and scored there.
When Boffelli returned to the field he made ammends for his earlier mistake by scoring the match winning try in the 71st minute. That meant the Brumbies would have to score twice to win.
The Brumbies had to settle for the loss and in extra time they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Hawera kicked to earn the hosts a losing bonus point.
Next week the Jaguares play the Blues in Auckland while the Brumbies host Super rugby champions the Crusaders at home in Canberra.
Final Score Brumbies 20 (10) Jaguares 25 (13)
Tries – T.Banks 2, C.Peni
Pen – W.Hawera
Con – W.Hawera
Tries -M.Orlando,J. De La Fuente, E.Bofelli
Pen -N.Sanchez 2
Con – N.Sanchez 2
Cards – E.Boffelli (47th min yellow)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO : Ian Smith
15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. David Pocock, 6. Tom Cusack, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Folau Faingaa, 1. Scott Sio.
Replacements : 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Mees Erasmus, 18. Nic Mayhew, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23. Andrew Smith.
Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Ramiro Moyano, 13. Matias Orlando, 12. Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 8. Javier Ortega Desio, 7. Marcos Kremer, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Guido Petti, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy, 1. Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements : 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Javier Diaz, 18. Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19. Matias Alemanno, 20. Leonardo Senatore, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Bautista Ezcurra, 23. Bautista Delguy.