Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Jaguares in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have played the Chiefs twice since the Argentinians joined Super Rugby in 2016 with both sides winning one match each.

Strangely, the Jaguares beat the Chiefs when they met in New Zealand, and the Chiefs won in Argentina.

  • This will be the third Super Rugby meeting between the Jaguares and Chiefs, with each of the previous two games being won by the away team on the day after they had trailed at half-time.
  • Each of the Jaguares’ last four Super Rugby games has been won by the home team on the day, with the Argentines winning their past two games at home and five of their last six.
  • The Chiefs have won 14 of their last 18 Super Rugby games outside New Zealand, including a 56-20 win over the Bulls in the previous round.
  • The Waikato side has scored nine tries on the back of a scrum win this season, more than any other team in the competition, they have however conceded nine originating from scrums too, more than any other side as well.
  • Bautista Delguy has scored five tries in his last six games on home soil for the Argentinian club.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires.

2.00: Damian McKenzie’s clearance is touched by a Jaguares hand, but the referee misses it, giving the lineout to the home team outside the Chiefs’ 22.

4.00: Angus Gardner awards the visitors a free-kick for an early engagement at the scrum. The Chiefs opted for another scrum.

5.00: The Jaguares go nine phases with a penalty-advantage because a man was taken out off the ball.

6.00: PENALTY! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla puts his side on the board. 3-0

8.00: Matias Moroni is penalised at the ruck for going off his feet. The McKenzie brothers combined for the initial attack before the Chiefs’ ball carriers got over the advantage line with ease. Damian McKenzie calls for the tee.

9.00: PENALTY! McKenzie levels from close range. 3-all

11.00: Michael Allardice is pinged soon after the restart for not rolling away. Nathan Harris had his hands on the ball but the opposition’s forwards could not get their hands on the ball. Diaz Bonilla will take a shot from the Chiefs’ 10-metre line, but the kick is in front.

13.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf makes no mistake from distance. 6-3

15.00: The chiefs are using their ball carriers and their offload-game to counter the Jaguares’ rush- defence. Several phases of pulling the opposition around the park, a forward pass kills the attack. Scrum to the home side.

16.00: Aidan Ross is penalised for collapsing the reset scrum. Diaz Bonilla clears deep into the visitor’s half.

18.00: An awful pass from Tomas Cubelli ruins the good work of his forwards. The Chiefs go down the field, forcing the home side to clear to their 10m. The Chiefs come again from a quick lineout.

20.00: The Jaguares survive a fierce attack inside their 22. They win their lineout but knock on from the first pass and give away a penalty. McKenzie kicks to the middle of the Jaguares’ 22.

22.00: The Chiefs go 15 phases before two penalties are given away by the Jaguares. Nathan Harris and Allardice carried twice while Luke Jacobson carried three times as they laid siege to the line. Allardice wants a five-scrum.

25.00: TRY! Tyler Ardron goes close from the back of the scrum. The ball is recycled after the Jaguares go offside again before Brad Weber sends a pass to the fullback, who waltzes through untouched for the game’s first try. 6-8

26.00: CONVERSION! The fullback converts his score. 6-10

28.00: Ardron sends a pass over his shoulder to start another counter-attack. The balls to Sean Wainui, on the wing, but his inside pass is knocked on by Anton Lienert-Brown inside the Jaguares’ 22. Defensive scrum to the hosts near the touchline.

29.00: Diaz Bonilla’s kick is fielded and taken quickly by Wainui. He plays McKenzie, and the fullback goes to Solomon Alaimalo; however, the move comes to nought when the visitors are pinged. Bonilla clears to the opposition’s half.

31.00: Ramiro Moyano knocks on in contact after his side wins a turnover. The Jaguares launches a counter but the winger’s poor hands kill the attack. It’s the first time the Argentinians have run from deep in their half.

33.00: Joaquin Tuculet is penalised for a high tackle on Marty McKenzie. It was a tough call because McKenzie left his feet. Damian McKenzie kicks to the corner.

34.00: TRY! Tumua Manu collects Marty McKenzie’s cute chip-kick after the ball hits the right-hand post and lands in front of the centre, who scoops up the ball and dives in under the posts. 6-15

35.00: CONVERSION! Damian McKenzie adds the extras. 6-17

37.00: YELLOW CARD! Marcos Kremer is sent to the naughty step after a high tackle. Mr Gardner has had enough, and after talking to Guido Petti about the multiple infringements, goes to his pocket.

38.00: The Jaguares survive another scare because Lachlan Boshier was in front of the kicker.

39.00: The hosts go short at the lineout and begin an attack using their forwards. Mitchell Brown is pinged for a high shot, now. Diaz Bonilla kicks to the corner.

40.00: The forwards are lining up. Julian Montoya carried three times before the hooker is held up over the line. One last chance for the hosts with an attacking 5m scrum.

41.00: Ross is pinged for collapsing for the second time. The Jaguares went wide but Tuculet’s pass is forward. The Jaguares have another scrum.

43.00: The Chiefs cling on, winning the ball after a knock on by the Jaguares. That was wasteful by the home team.

The halftime score was Jaguares 6 Chiefs 17

41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Argentina.

42.00: A sustained attack ends with the Chiefs winning a penalty for offsides by Jeronimo De La Fuente and Diaz Bonilla.

43.00: PENALTY! McKenzie makes it four from four as he stretches his side’s lead. 6-20

44.00: Emiliano Boffelli loses the ball in contact inside the Chiefs’ 22 after a promising attack by the Jaguares. They had the penalty-advantage and so, they kick to the corner.

45.00: Petti, playing in his 50th Super Rugby match knocks on, but the hosts had another penalty from the previous maul. They kick to the corner and go to their maul.

46.00: TRY! Tuculet beats Damian McKenzie to Diaz Bonilla’s fantastic lobbed cross-kick to bring the Jaguares back into the contest. 11-20

48.00: CONVERSION! Superb from the flyhalf, cutting the deficit with a touchline conversion. 13-20

50.00: Another Chiefs’ attack ends with a forward pass to Alaimalo. Scrum to the hosts.

52.00: Boffelli’s patience is rewarded as he dots down for a 22 drop-out.

53.00: Allardice knocks on the restart, gifting the home team a scrum just inside their half.

55.00: Diaz Bonilla sees the space behind Damian McKenzie and stabs a long, raking grubber behind the Chiefs’ back three and into touch for a defensive lineout.

56.00: Oh dear! The Jaguares have a wonderful chance with an attacking scrum.

57.00: TRY! Petti went through a gap, Cubelli switched to the blindside and Pablo Matera crashed over from close range. 18-20

58.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla levels with another successful kick. 20-all

60.00: Petti is having a game! He steals a lineout and starts a counter-attack from deep. He carries in the move before Diaz Bonilla kicks a high ball. Tuculet falls to the ground after Manu bumps into him. The Jaguares win the penalty and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, on for Diaz Bonilla, kicks deep into the opposition’s half.

61.00: We have a TMO referral for a try for the Jaguares. The on-field call is “NO TRY!”.

62.00: NO TRY! There is no conclusive evidence to award the try. Great work from Brown to get his arm under the ball and save the five points. 20-all

63.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The Chiefs put in a big shove causing Javier Ortega Desio to lose possession at the base of the set-piece.

64.00: The Chiefs win a penalty for shifting across by the Jaguares, and clear the danger.

66.00: Moroni loses the ball into touch with the pathway clear for a try. It all came from Boffelli kicking a bomb and gathering to start the attack.

68.00: Both teams are emptying their benches. Scrum to the Chiefs.

69.00: Moyano plays the ball on the ground after Jesse Parete stripped the winger, who was chasing back to collect Marty McKenzie’s grubber.

70.00: PENALTY! McKenzie, from out wide, curls in the penalty to put the Kiwis back in front. 20-23

73.00: TRY! Sensational score. Kremer won a turnover inside the halfway line and the Jaguares counter-attacked. Gonzalez Iglesias, taking a page out of Diaz Bonilla’s book, knew he had a penalty-advantage and decided to lob a floated kick for Moroni to challenge. He beat Alaimalo, slapped the ball back to Matias Orlando, who raced through to score after collecting the bouncing ball. 25-23

74.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 27-23

76.00: It’s all happening. The Chiefs win the ball after the restart, they go through the phases on the Jaguares’ goal line. McKenzie saw the space out wide and threw a pass, but it was intercepted by Boffelli, who always makes things happen. The clearance was charged down over the dead-ball line, giving the Kiwis a 5m scrum.

79.00: TRY! Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi goes over in the corner, untouched after a blindside break. 27-28

80.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie, smiling while he’s being jeered, curls his kick to the left-hand post. the ball bounces inside after the ball hits the post. 27-30

81.00: The New Zealanders win the restart, but the ball is turned over; however, Mr Gardner says the Chiefs were going forward. Game over!


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The final score is Jaguares 27 (6) Chiefs 30 (17)


Tries – Tuculet, Matera, Orlando
Pen – Diaz Bonilla (2)
Con – Diaz Bonilla (2), Gonzalez Iglesias
Drop –
Cards – Kremer (Yellow, 37′)

Tries – D. McKenzie, Manu, Tahuriorangi
Pen – D. McKenzie (3)
Con – D. McKenzie (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Pablo Deluca
Assistant Ref 2: Damian Schneider
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Pablo Matera, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Matias Orlando.


15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Michael Allardice (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Taleni Seu, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Etene Nanai-Seturo.

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