Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Chiefs in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have played the Chiefs three times in Super Rugby since 2016, the Jaguares have won once and lost twice.

The Jaguares’ only victory gives them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

  • The Chiefs have won only two Super Rugby playoff matches outside of New Zealand in their history (L3), both against the Stormers (2016 and 2017).
  • This game will be the Argentinian’s second appearance in the Super Rugby knockout stages and first on home soil, having lost to the Lions in Johannesburg in 2018 (23-40).
  • The Jaguares have scored 21 tries in the final quarter of matches in Super Rugby 2019, the most of any team and two more than the Chiefs in second place (19).
  • Anton Lienert-Brown (32) and Pablo Matera (22) rank first and joint third respectively for offloads in Super Rugby this season.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

Los Jaguares are on a roll and are slight favourites for their first home playoff match in their short Super Rugby history. The Chiefs have never lost in Argentina, winning twice on their previous two visits.

In the meantime, why not have a look at the match preview.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Buenos Aires for the second of this weekend’s Super Rugby quarter-finals. If the Jaguares win tonight, they will have a home semi-final next weekend. The Chiefs will be up for this, though.

0:45: TRY! Pablo Matera opens the scoring after the Jaguares won possession from a knock on. Angus Ta’avao tried to carry from inside his 22 but lost the ball in contact. The hosts bashed their way forward, going close before Matera barged over from close range. 5-0

3.00: MISS! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla pulls the kick, wide. 5-0

5.00: The home team have started well, but they turnover possession, win the ball back and then are pushed into touch.

6.00: Nathan Harris is pinged for obstruction at the breakdown. Diaz Bonilla kicks to the Waikato 22.

8.00: Los Jaguares go close again, but they do not protect the ball at the ruck, losing a golden opportunity to double their early lead.

10.00: Chiefs scrum just outside their 10-metre line.

11.00: The scrum is reset before the visitors win a free kick. They opt for another set-piece.

12.00: Jaguares win their throw inside their 22, but they lose possession and the Chiefs go wide with their counter-attack.

13.00: NO TRY! Shaun Stevenson thinks he’s scored in the corner, but his foot is on the touchline. 5-0

15.00: The hosts survive; they have a scrum outside their 22. It goes down and will need to be reset again. The Chiefs have come back into this contest.

17.00: Sean Wainui is off the sideline and the ball bounces into touch, on halfway.

18.00: Gonzalo Quesada’s men are playing the percentages inside their half, kicking everything, running nothing until they cross the halfway line.

20.00: The Jaguares string together an 11-phase attack. Their patience is rewarded because they win a penalty on the Chiefs’ 10m. Diaz Bonilla will take a shot.

22.00: PENALTY! Diaz Bonilla makes no mistake this time, splitting the uprights from 42 metres out. 8-0

24.00: The crowd erupts after their team win two turnovers in quick succession. Tyler Ardron knocked on under pressure from the Jaguares’ fierce defence.

27.00: TRY! Brad Weber sells an audacious dummy and goes straight through the ruck. He darts into the opposition’s 22, draws the last defender before putting Lachlan Boshier away under the posts. 8-5

28.00: CONVERSION! It’s a one-point game. 8-7

30.00: The chiefs are inside their half looking to clear, but another handling error by Ardron gifts the ball back to the South Americans.

32.00: Brodie Retallick wins the penalty at the breakdown to relieve the pressure after Ardron’s handling put his team under pressure.

33.00: SO CLOSE! Boshier and Pita Gus Sowakula, twice, go close, but Sowakula loses the ball near the try-line after another big hit. The home tram survives, just.

35.00: The scrum is taking an age to set, then it gets reset before the Chiefs win the penalty.

36.00: PENALTY! Debreczeni puts the Kiwis in front. 8-10

38.00: Sebastian Cancelliere bursts into the Chiefs’ 22, but is brought down by the cover defence.

39.00: Anton Lienert-Brown, Sam Cane and Weber get back to win the penalty at the next breakdown.

41.00: The Jaguares win a penalty after the hooter sounds and decide to take a breather.

The halftime score was Jaguares 8 Chiefs 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Buenos Aires where the Chiefs lead their hosts in a tight, tense contest.

43.00: The Chiefs have possession inside the Jaguares’ half. They have a penalty advantage because Agustin Creevy is offside.

44.00: Debreczeni calls for the tee.

44.00: PENALTY! He wastes no time with the kick, extending his side’s lead. 8-13

46.00: A scuffle breaks out between the two sets of forwards. Standard in these high-stakes games. Debreczeni is off with what looks like a groin issue. On comes Marty McKenzie at first receiver.

47.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The Jaguares’ scrum disintegrates under the weight of the opposition’s pressure.

48.00: PENALTY! McKenzie slots his first kick of the evening. 8-16

51.00: TRY! Matias Moroni is in for the try. He found himself alone on the touchline after his centres sucked in the defenders and cruised over to score near the posts. 13-16

52.00: CONVERSION! Diaz Bonilla adds the extras. Game on! 15-16

53.00: The hosts win another kickable penalty, and they will take a shot at goal.

54.00: PENALTY! Diaz Bonilla puts his side back in front. 18-16

58.00: The Jaguares have found their mojo, winning another kickable penalty. The ref warns Sam Cane about the indiscretions.

60.00: PENALTY! Diaz Bonilla extends the lead. 21-16

63.00: The visitors have the ball and are attacking inside the Jaguares’ 22. The hosts win back possession and Moroni clears.

65.00: The ball does not go five metres, gifting the ball to the Jaguares, who clear to halfway with a bomb.

66.00: Solomon Alaimalo takes the ball and charges forward, but the Chiefs’ 12th handling error kills the attack.

67.00: Another scrum-penalty lets the Chiefs kick to the Jaguares’ 22.

70.00: Good defending by the Jaguares as they keep out a 15-phase attack. The Chiefs do get a penalty for kicking the ball in the ruck. Chiefs opt for a scrum.

73.00: Superb defending by the Jaguares. Their defence is special, forcing Sowakula to lose the ball close to the line (his second from short range).

74.00: A wayward throw, gifts the ball to the home team.

76.00: Cane forces the Jaguares into a mistake. Scrum to the Chiefs with three to play.

77.00: Stevenson breaks out of his 22 and races into the opposition’s half, however, the Chiefs conceded another penalty at the breakdown.

78.00: Lineout on the Chiefs’ 22 to the hosts.

79.00: Jesse Parete knocks on, the Jaguares come again. Can they finish off the Chiefs?

80.00: The hooter sounds, the Chiefs win a penalty. Oh dear! The Jaguares’ crowd are furious.

81.00: Lineout to the visitors on their 10m.

83.00: The Jaguares hang on for the victory. Cue bedlam.


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The final score is Jaguares 21 (8) Chiefs 16 (10)


Tries – Matera, Moroni
Pen – Diaz Bonilla (3)
Con – Diaz Bonilla
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Boshier
Pen – Debreczeni (2), M. McKenzie
Con – Debreczeni
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Federico Anselmi
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Matias Moroni, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega 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 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomas Lezana, 20 Francisco Gorrissen, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Santiago Carreras


15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Alex Nankivell

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