The Jaguares reached the playoffs last season but they were beaten last weekend at home by the Lions, for the first time.
The Bulls kicked off their 2019 Super Rugby campaign with an impressive 40-3 victory at Loftus Versfeld.
- Each of the previous four meetings between the Jaguares and Bulls has been won by the home team.
- The Jaguares will be out to avoid back-to-back losses on home soil for the first time since March 2018 after a 25-16 loss to the Lions last week.
- The South Africans have won just two of their last 15 games away from home, despite leading at half-time in five of their last nine such matches.
- The South Americans have lost just one line-out across their last six matches (67/68), including winning 12/12 last week against the Lions.
- The Bulls completed 92% of their tackles in Round 1, the best rate of any side, the Jaguares completed just 83% of their hits.
We are waiting for the kickoff.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Buenos Aires.
3.00: The Bulls, in their strange green-fade kit, are on the charge inside the Jaguares’ 22.
5.00: Handré Pollards skip-pass is intercepted, killing the Bulls attack.
7.00: Jeronimo de la Fuente’s grubber is caught, but the ref spots a knock on by the visitors and the hosts get out of jail.
8.00: Matias Orlando loses the ball forward in contact. The Bulls try to counter-attack, but Warrick Gelant cannot pick up the greasy ball.
9.00: Pollard kicks out on the full. Lineout to the Argentines on then halfway line.
10.00: The Jaguares are caught offsides, but get a scrum for a lost ball.
11.00: Trevor Nyakane is pinged for collapsing the scrum. The home team have the lineout on the Bulls’ 22.
12.00: The opportunity is lost. Guido Petti loses the ball in contact and they let the Bulls off the hook.
14.00: A big scrum by the Pretoria outfit sees them awarded a penalty. Pollard clears the danger, although, not very far.
15.00: Joaquin Tuculet loses the ball forward with the try line at his mercy, however, the referee was playing advantage to the Jaguares because Ruan Steenkamp tackled Pablo Matera without the ball.
16.00: MISS! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla misses his first kick of the competition nil-nil
18.00: TRY! Orlando picks up Pollard’s knock-on and races 80 metres, slipping tackles along the way to give his side the lead. I know it’s wet, but Embrose Papier needs to make that tackle. 5-0
19.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla adds the extras. 7-0
20.00: Santiago Medrano is caught offsides. Pollard calls for the tee.
21.00: MISS! Pollard shanks the kick wide. 7-nil
23.00: Schalk Brits is having an immense game. his defence has been strong, hitting the Argentinians backwards. His lineout throwing has been good, too.
25.00: PENALTY! Pollard lands a monster kick. 7-3
26.00: the teams are struggling with the wet ball.
27.00: Marcos Kremer makes another big hit on Brits, who’s been on the end of some physicality, tonight.
30.00: Nyakane takes Augustine Creevy’s stray throw and sparks a Bulls’ attack, however, Gelant knocks on in contact.
32.00: Lizo Gqoboka wins a penalty at the scrum.
34.00: It’s starting to rain heavily, this could get messy.
35.00: Hanro Liebenberg is caught offsides at the ruck. Diaz Bonilla kicks to the corner.
36.00: Jesse Kriel takes a mark from Diaz Bonillia’s dink-kick. South Africans get out of jail.
38.00: Pollard’s cross-kick is lost forward, luckily Tomas Cubelli loses the ball, too. He was hit late, but nothing in it.
39.00: Pote Human is barking instructions into his mic. He wants more from his men before the break.
40.00: Rosco Specman, the Blitzbokke legend, makes another tackle. The winger has not been involved in the attack, only defence.
41.00: The scrum is reset because the packs set down before the halftime hooter. MASSIVE SCRUM! Kremer celebrates by staring down the Bulls. The Jaguares demolished the three-times former champs.
43.00: MISS! Diaz Bonilla pulls his kick wide of the posts, but the home team take a four-point lead into the break.
The halftime score was Jaguares 7 Bulls 3
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway for the second stanza at the Jose Amalfitani Stadium, in Argentina.
43.00: The Bulls are on the attack, just outside the Jaguares’ 22.
44.00: Gelant’s kick gives away possession, however, the Bulls retrieve the ball and are spreading it wide. They win a penalty at the ruck and Pollard will call for the tee.
45.00: PENALTY! The Springbok flyhalf lands the long-range kick to make it a one-point game.
47.00: Duane Vermeulen loses the ball at the back of the scrum; that was sloppy by the No. 8.
48.00: Jason Jenkins is pinged for a high tackle on Matera. Diaz Bonilla will look to cancel out Pollard’s penalty.
49.00: PENALTY! The stand-off makes no mistake with the kick. 10-6
51.00: Pollard almost gets through a gap, he’s stopped, the ball recycled but Brits’ pass is misplaced. The ball is kicked up to halfway and the Jaguares have the throw.
52.00: The entire Jaguares front row is coming off, so is Brits. It’s been brutal out there, tonight.
53.00: The home team is caught offsides for being in front of the kicker. Pollard calls for the tee, again.
54.00: PENALTY! He makes no mistake with another long-range penalty. 10-9
56.00: The referee is missing a few calls; a high tackle and a forward pass by the Bulls. The Jaguares get the ball back after a wayward kick, but they are caught in possession because of muddled thinking.
58.00: Tuculet, eventually, clears the danger. The hosts have conceded 11 turnovers to the Bulls’ 10. Both teams are not playing the wet conditions well at all.
59.00: MISS! Pollard’s drop-goal is wide, however, the Bulls had a penalty advantage and the flyhalf will take the points.
60.00: PENALTY! He makes no mistake with the easy kick, putting his side in the lead for the first time in the match. 10-12
61.00: The Bulls tactics of employing the kick-chase is causing the hosts problems.
62.00: MISS! Pollard’s long-range penalty hits the post. The Jaguares win the ball, but somehow manage to be pinned back inside their 22.
63.00: The game is breaking up – when the players can hang onto the pill. Diaz Bonilla kicks a penalty into the corner from a tight angle.
64.00: TRY! The Argentinians catch the Bulls napping and bulldoze their way over the whitewash. It’s replacement forward Rodrigo Bruni who flops over the try line. 15-12
65.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla makes no mistake with the conversion; the kick went straight through the middle. 17-12
66.00: Dayan van der Westhuizen is pinged for a deliberate knock on. Bonilla wants to take another shot at goal and extend his side’s advantage.
67.00: PENALTY! The kick hits the left-hand post and drops over for another three. That’s 10 points in two minutes for the home team. 20-12
71.00: Another huge scrum by the hosts, they dismantled the opposition and it is the second turnover at the scrum set-piece for the Jaguares.
73.00: TRY! Bautista Delguy finishes off a stunning counter-attack. Ramiro Moyano took the ball up past the halfway line. He was tackled, but the ball was recycled at lightning speed before the home team sent the ball through several pairs of hands and the winger finished without missing his stride. Game over. 25-12
74.00: CONVERSION! The stand-off adds the extras. 27-12
76.00: The Bulls were opened up far too easily. They are chasing the game and the mistakes are proving costly.
78.00: Time is running out for the Bulls to get a losing bonus-point.
80.00: The Bulls lose possession and the match; they just cannot win away from home and they never looked like scoring in the second half.
The Jaguares are deserved winners in the rain.
The final score is Jaguares 27 (7) Bulls 12 (3)
Tries – Orlando, Bruni, Delguey
Pen – Diaz Bonilla (2)
Con – Diaz Bonilla (3)
Pen – Pollard (4)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Fraser
TMO: Santiago Borsani
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortego Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Matias Moroni
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager (captain), 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan