Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Blues in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have played the Blues just twice in Super Rugby and the Argentinians have won one, lost one. The bookies have the Jaguares as warm favorites going into the game, but it is really too tight to call. Fans from both sides are going to be consulting the Unibet apps on their phones to see how the odds ebb and flow as the game progresses.

These teams have never met in Argentina before as the previous matches were played in Auckland and Albany, New Zealand.

  • The Jaguares have won four of their last five home games.
  • Only the Lions managing to come away from Argentina with victory in that run.
  • The Blues have lost their last three away games, they’ve not lost more consecutive games on the road since losing 10 in a row from 2014 to 2016.
  • The Kiwis are one of six sides to maintain a 100% scum success rate this season, winning all 20 on their own feed, although the Jaguares is one of just two teams to win one against the head so far (also Lions).
  • Blues number 8 Akira Ioane has made 31 carries in Super Rugby this season, more than any other player, while teammate Michael Collins ranks joint third with 26.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Argentina.

3.00: PENALTY! Otere Black puts the Blues on the board. 0-3

5.00: The Kiwis give away a penalty in a kickable position.

6.00: PENALTY! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla levels for the hosts. 3-all

7.00: Accidental offside goes against the Jaguares and Black calls for the tee.

8.00: PENALTY! Black doubles the Blues’ score. 3-6

11.00: Good defence from Juan Cruz Mallia. The fullback makes the tackle on his opposite number after Melani Nanai’s break and shepherds the Kiwi into touch.

13.00: Agustin Creevy makes an important save at the ruck, winning the penalty. It’s hard to believe that he made his Pumas’ debut in 2005 at flank. Insane.

14.00: Dalton Papali’i is caught offsides. I would have thought the Jaguares would kick to the corner and go to their lineout Diaz Bonilla levels, again. 6-all

16.00: The Jaguares win a lineout against the throw, and counter-attack with a kick. There is confusion in the Blues’ lineout.

18.00: Ofa Tu’ungafasi loses the ball at the ruck; the Jaguares start another counter-attack from deep. They have the New Zealanders on the back foot.

20.00: We have entered the second quarter. The home team is looking good, they are having a good time with the opposition’s lineout and winning the battle at the breakdown. Still early days, though.

21.00: Matias Orlando tackles Augustine Pulu high, and the Blues, instead of taking a shot, kick to the corner. Creevy has left with a rib injury.

23.00: The Blues are camped on the Jaguares’ try line, but after several phases of slow ball, Pulu knocks on trying to pull the ball out of the mêlée.

26.00: After eight phases, the Jaguares are pinged at the ruck for not rolling away. Tomas Lavanini is the guilty party.

27.00: MISS! Black’s penalty hits the right-hand post and bounces out. Cruz Mallia dots down for a 22 drop-out. 6-all

28.00: It’s time for the Blitzbokke against the English in the Vegas 7s.

29.00: MISS! Black’s kick shades past the post; that’s poor from the first-five. 6-all

32.00: YELLOW CARD! The Blues go a mammoth 23 phases before Lavanini uses an off-the-ball shoulder tackle on Tom Robinson. The lock is off for 10 minutes.

33.00: PENALTY! Black puts the Blues ahead, yet again. 6-9

36.00: It’s been a pretty good game, no tries but decent in its own way.

37.00: Papali’i is cautioned for a tackle. Diaz Bonilla takes a quick tap, catching the Kiwis napping. The Jaguares are inside the red zone.

38.00: TRY! Ramiro Moyano finishes off an inspirational series after his flyhalf’s quick thinking. Pulu saved the day, but when the ball was regathered after a poor clearance kick by the visitors. Bautista Delguy collected and sent a long pass to the winger, who sped away from several defenders to stroll in for the game’s first try. 11-9

39.00: MISS! Diaz Bonilla can’t add to the score. 11-9

41.00: The siren sounds and that’s the half done.

The halftime score was Jaguares 11 Blues 9

The Jaguares have not had much possession (36%) and less territory (34%), they’ve kicked 19 times to 13 and only made 150 metres, most of that came in the Moyano try at the end of the half.

The Blues have made 256 metres and conceded four penalties to six. they’ve been well disciplined, tonight. 

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires where the home town team lead by two.

44.00: NO TRY! That came from three good kicks. From the scrum, the “Big Boppers” crashed over. Can’t see who scored. The TMO is being called by referee Rasta Rasivhenge. No try because the ball is held up.

45.00: Scrum to the visitors. The Jaguares are back to their full quota.

47.00: No advantage after the New Zealand franchise bashed their way into the 22. However, the Argentinians have a solid foundation in defence, like a cornerstone and they shall not be moved.

49.00: Sonny Bill Williams makes an entry to the game; this could be good.

50.00: Black tries a cut-out pass to Williams, the ball is knocked forward by the home team, but the Blues are awarded another penalty.

51.00: PENALTY! Black makes no mistake with this one, putting his side back in the lead with his fourth penalty. 11-12

53.00: Black and Harry Plummer, both genuine first-five eighths are playing at first and second receiver, now.

54.00: The Jaguares have cleaned up their dodgy lineout, as well as their ill-discipline, this season. It’s really changed their flow and kept them in every game no matter how they’ve performed. Good work by Gonzalo Quesada.

55.00: MISS! Diaz Bonilla tries to draw his penalty back inside the left-hand post, but it hangs left. 11-12

57.00: Mini-victory for the Blues, winning the scrum-penalty.

59.00: The Blues mess up a glorious opportunity by being caught with an accidental offside involving Akira Ioane and Karl Tu’inukuafe.

62.00: Orlando MAGIC! The centre gets on the outside of TJ Faiane and goes through two more defenders, but he kills the attack with a wayward kick. Damn. He’s a class act, Orlando.

64.00: The Jaguares have made 93 tackles to 72, and have had less possession (34%) and territory (28%) than the first 40 minutes.

65.00: TRY! Plummer took a hit, the ball went wide before being turned over. The Jaguares, poachers to the end, go blind to Moyano. The winger cuts inside two defenders and races away for his second try of the game. BOOM! 16-12

66.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla extends the lead to six. 18-12

67.00: TIGHTHEAD! That was immense by the hosts; Quesada will be loving that from his big boys. The Jaguares also win the penalty for hands in the scrum. Oh boy.

69.00: TRY! The Jaguares go 70 metres after the tighthead and score through replacement hooker Montoya. The TMO is called to check for a foot in touch but the TMO Santiago Borsani tells Rasivhenge he has no images because there is no footage of the replay. That’s insane. The South African ref is told to make a call. He waits before awarding the score because of his on-field decision. 23-12

70.00: MISS! Diaz Bonilla’s kick hits the post again. 23-12

72.00: TRY! A knock on leads to some opportunism by the Kiwis, who score through Papali’i. 23-17

73.00: CONVERSION! Black reduces the gap to four. 23-19

75.00: The Blues defence has been caught out, but they’ve been resolute, too. The visitors force a mistake by the hosts and get the scrum inside their half with four minutes to play.

78.00: Blues have an advantage because of a player being taken out without the ball. This could prove costly. Black kicks to the corner.

80.00: TERRIFIC DEFENCE BY THE JAGUARES! Black gets through, five metres out from the opposition’s line, but his pass to Robinson goes to ground to the delight of the home supporters.

81.00: The scrum has been reset twice as the hooter goes.

81.54: OH DEAR! The Blues win a scrum-penalty after the Argentinians collapse the set-piece.

83.00: TIGHTHEAD! Can you believe it? The Jaguares front row redeems themselves with another tighthead in the dying seconds after being scrummed only seconds before. WOW! The ball comes out of the mess and the scrummy clears to touch for a famous victory in Buenos Aires.


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The final score is Jaguares 23 (11) Blues 19 (9)


Tries – Moyano (2) Montoya
Pen – Diaz Bonilla (2)
Con – Diaz Bonilla
Drop –
Cards – Lavanini (Yellow, 32′)

Tries – Papali’i
Pen – Black (4)
Con – Black
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Santiago Borsani


Jaguares: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando (captain), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 Thomas Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Joshua Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

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