Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Cheetahs in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have made a much-improved start to the 2016 season, winning won two of their three matches.

They have already shown that they are tough to beat at home while the Cheetahs are known to struggle away from home; the Free State team have lost their last seven games on their travels.

The Jaguares and Cheetahs have met just once before in Super Rugby and that was last year in Bloemfontein when the Cheetahs edged the South Americans 34-33.

The Jags have won each of their last three games when hosting South African opposition, winning all of them by 12 or more points.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

The teams are out on a beautiful day in Buenos Aires. Expecting lots of running rugby, between two teams, who are known for such things.

Some confusion over the toss. Language barrier maybe?

BEEP! Clayton Blommetjies starts the last game of the weekend.

1.00: Leonardo Senatore knocks on in a challenge with Ruan van Rensburg. Scrum Cheetahs inside the Jaguares’ 10m. Scrum is reset.

2.00: Another reset. This might be a long day for referee Paul Williams.

4.00: PENALTY! After four resets, the referee awards the Jags a scrum penalty.

6.00: The Jaguares punch it up the field, going through several phases before the Cheetahs turn the ball over and kick deep. The hosts counter attack

7.00: TRY! The Jaguares score from a lovely move in midfield after a turnover. Tomás Lezana breaks two tackles and offloads to the onrushing back row partner, Pablo Matera, who passes to Ramiro Moyano. The wing is tackled but, not held, and crawls untouched to score in the corner.

8.00: Juan Martin Hernandez adds the extras.

10.00: In the build-up to the try, Santiago Cordero hit his head on a team mate’s knee and is off for an HIA.

11.00: It’s all Jaguares at the moment. Bautista Ezcurra is on for Cordero.

13.00: Scrum to the hosts on the Cheetahs’ 10m.

14.00: Great scrum from the visitors. They are awarded a penalty and kick to the Jags’ 10m.

15.00: Meyer kicks it high and the Jaguares counter.

17.00: PENALTY! Jaguares running strong with a penalty advantage for the home team for offside. No advantage.

18.00: Hernandez from in front, puts the home team 10-0 up.

20.00: Elandré Huggett takes a hospital pass and in the process, gives away a penalty. The Jaguares opt for the kick to touch.

21.00: TRY! Too easy for the home team. The ref is asking the TMO if there was a potential obstruction. Matías Alemanno will be awarded the try.

22.00: The forwards set up a driving maul and, after it went to ground, the Jaguares went through the phases. A couple of pick-and-goes later, the lock powered over.

22.00: Hernandez with the two points.

23.00: Scrum for the Cheetahs after the restart inside Jaguares half.

25.00: PENALTY! Cheetahs opt for touch instead of taking an easy three points. They’re chasing the game.

26.00: TRY! It works. The Cheetahs score after several phases. The ball was sent wide, Neil Marais drew the defenders and put Michael van der Spuy away for the score.

27.00: Marais converts from out wide.

28.00: TRY! Moyano gets his second after some wonderful interplay between the Jaguares backs and forwards. The ball passed through 13 sets of hands. Joaquín Tuculet touched the ball three times in the move, which stemmed from another missed touch, by the Cheetahs.

29.00: Hernandez kicks from in front of the sticks.

31.00: Cheetahs loses the line-out and the Jaguares kicks for a breather giving the Cheetahs a line-out on the Jaguares 22.

33.00: The Cheetahs lose the ball again. Some great running comes to nought.

34.00: Some more scrum resets.

36.00: The Jaguares run from their own line, Juan Martín Hernández sells an audacious dummy and starts an attack. The Cheetahs stop the home team on the halfway after a dropped ball. Cheetahs’ scrum.

37.00: Free kick, cheetahs take it quickly. A penalty for Gonzalo Bertranou not rolling away. Cheetahs kick for touch.

38.00: PENALTY! Two successive penalties for the visitors. Jags are one more away from their usual yellow.

39.00: Cheetahs go close. Felipe Arregui is penalised this time. Lineout on the hosts’ 5m.

40.00: The cheetahs set up a maul but, the Jaguares forwards stop the drive and win the ball. BEEP! Halftime.

The halftime score is Jaguares 24 Cheetahs 7

The Cheetahs have lost three lineouts on their throw and a scrum. This is “how not to win away in Argentina” 101.

‘Oh Happy Days’ rings around ESTADIO JOSE AMALFITANI – the gospel according to Jaguares.

BEEP! Hernández restarts.

42.00: Scrum Jaguares after another handling error by the Cheetahs. The collisions are intense.

44.00: PENALTY! Cheetahs pinged for holding. Jaguares kick to touch, lineout near the goal line.

46.00: That’s poor from the Cheetahs. Some good work initially, ends with Ryno Benjamin getting tackled into touch.

49.00: The Cheetahs going through the phases, building nicely. Defence by the hosts is good but, they give away a penalty. Wait, it’s overturned for holding the attacker in the ruck.

50.00: Jaguares attacking inside the opposition 22, they lose the ball but, wouldn’t you know it, the visitors knock on. Scrum Jags.

52.00: PENALTY! Clinton Swart is pinged for a late tackle on Leonardo Senatore, no arms either. Hernández calls for the tee.

53.00: Hernández makes no mistake.

55.00: Ref stops play to talk to captains after some argy-bargy. Scrum visitors.

57.00: Some wonderful skills by the Argentines. TMO checking for the ball in touch and potential foul play. Ball was out so Bautista Ezcurra’s try (which was knocked forward) doesn’t stand. How did the touch judge miss that? The ball clearly lands on the line.

59.00: Some scrappy play and the visitors win the battle of the knock ons. Scrum Cheetahs inside their 22.

60.00: Finally, the visitors carry the ball about 80 metres and have a scrum on the Jaguares 5m.

61.00: TRY? Santiago Borsani is called upon again, Paul Williams wants to check for grounding. NO TRY! It will be a penalty to Cheetahs. They decide for a scrum under the posts on the 5.

STATISTIC ALERT! Only one player from the Jaguares is not capped at Test level. While, only Oupa Mahoje, with 15 Test caps, is an international on the Cheetahs’ team.

63.00: Reset. Both front rows have been changed.

68.00: Accidental offsides, truck and trailer, whatever you want to call it.

71.00: PENALTY! Jaguares win a scrum penalty on their 5. Huge moment. Releases the pressure and that’s the ball-game. Only a bonus point at stake for both side.

72.00: Cheetahs lose the ball with the try line at their mercy.

72.00: YELLOW CARD! Santiago González Iglesias is sin-binned.

73.00: TRY! Cheetahs are finally over, Joseph Dweba with his first try in Super Rugby. Marais adds the extras.

75.00: TRY? TMO checking for a knock on. Moyano will have a hat-trick if it’s given, yes it is. Kick is good.

80.00: Penalty try. Game over.

The final score is Jaguares 41 (24) Cheetahs 14 (7)


Tries – Moyano (3), Alemanno, penalty try
Pen – Hernández (2)
Con -Hernández (4)
Drop –
Cards – Yellow (González Iglesias, 72nd minute)

Tries – Van der Spuy, Dweba
Pen –
Con – Marais (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Pablo Deluca
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.

Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Ignacio Larrague, 21 Javier Ortega Desio, 22 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Bautista Ezcurra.


15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruan van Rensburg, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Danie Mienie.

Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 William Small-Smith/Johannes Prinsloo, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

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