Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Bulls in Buenos Aires




Argentina’s Jaguares return from the bye last weekend with a Super Rugby match against the Bulls in Buenos Aires.

The Jaguares won their last four matches on tour in Australia and New Zealand and have had a week to recover from the travel.

They are back at home where they have not fared well this year.

  • This will be the third meeting between the Jaguares and Bulls, with each of the two previous encounters being won by the home team on the day (one win apiece).
  • The Jaguares are currently enjoying a four-game win streak, their best ever in Super Rugby; however, they’ve won just two of their last eight games at home.
  • The Bulls have lost their last nine games outside South Africa, picking up just two losing bonus points in that time.
  • The Jaguares have a scrum success rate of just 85% this campaign, the lowest of any team in the competition.
  • Jesse Kriel made a joint round-high five clean breaks in Round 13, taking his season tally to 18, more than any other South African player.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Buenos Aires.

2.00: Agustin Creevy gathers a loose ball and finishes, under pressure, to give his team an early lead, however, it looks like the hooker knocked on before picking up the ball. No try!

4.00: Some reset scrums. This will be a big test for the inexperienced Bulls pack.

6.00: The Jaguares scrum dominated, but the Bulls clear through Manie Libbok.

7.00: TRY! Jeronimo De La Fuente’s run starts the attack. The Jaguares recycle quickly before Nicolas Sanchez ghosts through a huge gap to open the scoring. 5-0

8.00: CONVERSION! Nicolas Sanchez adds the extras. 7-0

12.00: TRY! Warrick Gelant crosses after Libbok sets up space for the fullback to run in untouched. 7-5

13.00: CONVERSION! Handre Pollard levels the scores. 7-all

14.00: PENALTY! Sanchez puts his team back in front. 10-7

16.00: The Bulls need to steady their scrum; their lineout will always be better than the home team.

18.00: PENALTY! Sanchez adds another three. 13-7

19.00: John Mitchell’s Bulls are trying to play at every opportunity. It’s great to watch. They spread the ball wide and have a great offloading game.

23.00: Lots of scrums because of some poor handling by both teams.

25.00: Thembelani Bholi goes close but he loses the ball in contact with the try-line at his mercy. He should have recycled the ball instead of going for glory.

29.00: The Bulls are struggling but are no means being outplayed. They are just making too many mistakes.

31.00: Handre Pollard clears after the Bulls win the penalty.

33.00: The Bulls concede another soft penalty which the home team will take advantage of by calling for the kicking tee.

34.00: MISS! Emiliano Boffelli, playing fullback, misses his long-range attempt. 13-7

35.00: The Jaguares have been strong under the high-ball, but Boffelli loses the ball in contact. Scrum to the visitors.

36.00: It’s the Bulls who win the penalty now. Pollard will take a shot.

37.00: PENALTY! Pollard reduces the deficit to three. 13-10

39.00: The Jaguares clear after winning a penalty.

41.00: TRY! Bautista Delguy beats Adriaan Strauss and Ivan van Zyl with a side-step to score after the hooter. 18-10

44.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez adds the extras to give his team a 10-point lead at the break. 20-10

The halftime score was Jaguares 20 Bulls 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Argentina. 

43.00: Strauss is pinned at the ruck and Sanchez kicks the ball into the Bulls 22.

45.00: The Jaguares are awarded a penalty for offsides after some patient build-up play inside their opponent’s 22.

46.00: PENALTY! Sanchez extends his team’s lead. 23-10

48.00: Boffelli breaks into the Bulls 22 from an angled run. The Jaguares recycle quickly before Marcos Kremer spins out of a tackle to score. 28-10

50.00: Sanchez adds the easy kick to increase the deficit. 30-10

52.00: Pollard kicks deep into the Jaguares 22. They have a chance to reduce the deficit; they must if they have any chance to win.

53.00: Oh dear! The Bulls lose possession with a poor lineout throw.

55.00: TRY! Bautista Delguy is in for his second after a well-worked move. 35-10

56.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez draws another kick between the sticks. 37-10

59.00: Pollard break into the Jaguares 22. The Bulls win the penalty and elect to scrum.

62.00: TRY! Jeronimo De La Fuente makes the break, plays Sanchez in support, who offloads a sneaky inside ball to Matias Orlando. 42-10

65.00: The home team has scored 22 points since halftime. They have dominated the Bulls, who are going down like flies.

70.00: TRY! After a long period of possession, the Bulls use their driving maul to get their second score of the evening. 42-15

71.00: CONVERSION! Libbok adds the extras, 42-17

74.00: TRY! Sebastian Cancelliere takes De La Fuente’s pass and runs in his side’s sixth try of the night. The forwards and backs combined with some wonderful offloading, conjuring images of the great French sides, before putting the winger away. 47-17

75.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 47-17

77.00: YELLOW CARD! Juan Cruz Mallia is sent of the bin, but it looks like it should have been Guido Petti for a grass-cutter hit. 

78.00: TRY! Andre Warner latches onto a superb cross-kick and is over for the score. 47-22

79.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 47-24

80.00: TRY! Boffelli is over after some wonderful offloading by Sanchez and Cancelliere. 52-24

81.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez slots the touchline kick. 54-24


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The final score is Jaguares 54 (20) Bulls 24 (10)


Tries – Sanchez, Delguy (2), Kremer, Orlando, Cancelliere, Boffelli
Pen – Sanchez (3)
Con – Sanchez (5)
Drop –
Cards – Mallia (Yellow, 77′)

Tries – Gelant, De Jager, Warner
Pen – Pollard
Con – Pollard (2), Libbok
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Pablo Deluca
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia.


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Handre Pollard (captain), 11 John-Ben Kotze, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Nqobisizwe Mxoli, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Hendre Stassen, 20 Nicholas de Jager, 21 Andre Warner, 22 John Jackson, 23 Divan Rossouw.

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