Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Lions in Buenos Aires




The Jaguares have played the Lions nine times in Super Rugby since 2016, the Jaguares have won three matches and lost six times.

The Jaguares three wins give them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.

  • The Lions have won five of their last six Super Rugby games against the Jaguares, including their last three on the bounce.
  • The Jaguares have won their last six Super Rugby home games in succession, conceding an average of just 13 points per game across that span.
  • The Johannesburg franchise has begun each of their previous four Super Rugby seasons with a win, despite not having scored more than 28 points in any of those four games.
  • The South Africans have conceded exactly 10 penalties in four of their last five games against the South Americans.
  • The Jaguares’ Sebastian Cancelliere gained 9.8m per carry, in the 2019 Super Rugby campaign, the most of any player to make at least 50 carries.

Match detail

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Elton Jantjies leads out the Lions in his 135th Super Rugby game.

The Jaguares have won their previous six matches at home, reaching the final last season, and have 18 of the 23 were in Argentina’s 2019 Rugby World Cup squad that performed below par in Japan.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in the last Super Rugby match of round one at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires. It’s a warm evening, 29 degrees in the late summer night.

2.00: A couple of reset scrums to start the game after a Lions injury.

3.00: BIG SCRUM from the Lions pack, who dismantled their opposition. Jantjies calls for the tee.

4.00: MISS! Jantjies pulls his kick well wide from in front. 0-0

6.00: These games are often high-scoring affairs as both teams prefer to play on the front foot and attack from deep. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla is off and looks in some pain.

7.00: The hosts run the ball from the goal-line after some sloppy handling by the visitors.

8.00: The home team take a quick lineout and then go to the air. They win possession and a penalty for offsides in the opposition’s 22.

10.00: TRY! Easy as you like. The Jaguares opted for an attacking lineout, go to the driving maul before replacement flyhalf Domingo Miotti crashed over from Tomas Cubelli’s pass. 5-0

11.00: CONVERSION! Miotti adds the extras. 7-0

13.00: The Argentinians are enjoying some territory and possession inside the South African’s half, but a poor pass from Francisco Gorrissen, goes into touch.

15.00: The Lions win a lineout, but have some slow ball. Jantjies goes to the air, Emiliano Boffelli takes the kick and dances out of his 22; however, his pass was forward.

17.00: The scrum has to be reset three times; this is going to be a problem.

18.00: Tyrone Green carries the ball over the advantage line, setting up some quick ball that eventually leads to a penalty because Marcos Kremer is slow to retreat. Jantjies calls for the tee.

19.00: PENALTY! Jantjies takes the kick quickly, instead of going for touch, which is very unusual for the Lions. Malcolm Marx’s absence must be the deciding factor. 7-3

21.00: The Lions are immediately put on the back foot, with a defensive scrum under their poles. The set-piece – surprise, surprise – is reset.

22.00: No dramas for the Lions as Tiaan Swanepoel clears to the 10m.

22.00: TRY! Len Massyn breaks from deep inside his half after a turnover. The No 8 races down the touchline before playing Andre Warner in for the try. A sensational counter-attack by the Lions to take the lead. 7-8

24.00: MISS! Jantjies shanks his kick. 7-8

26.00: The Lions concede another penalty, this time Miotti will take a shot at goal.

27.00: PENALTY! Miotti makes no mistake, restoring his side’s lead. 10-8

30.00: The Lions’ ball retention has been excellent, their defence, strong, but their handling inside the opposition’s 22, has been iffy.

32.00: Lions have a lineout on their 10m, and they go to their driving maul before the ball is kicked away wastefully.

33.00: Cubelli’s bomb is dropped by Massyn and the Jaguares regain possession and mount a blitz counter-attack. The move, however, comes to nought after a knock-on near the Lions’ 22.

34.00: The Joburg side wins another scrum-penalty, allowing Jantjies to set up an attack on the home team’s 22.

36.00: Another big mistake from the Lions allows the Jaguares to clear their lines.

38.00: The South Americans are kicking a lot of balls, trying to pin the Lions inside their half.

39.00: Juan Cruz Mallia breaks into the Lions’ 22, but some good scramble defence, saves the day as the visitors win the penalty.

40.00: The Lions mounted a nine-phase attack and won a penalty in front of the Jaguares’ posts, about 45 metres out.

41.00: Jantjies opted for an attacking lineout, instead of taking the points, but the lineout was stolen.

The halftime score was Jaguares 10 Lions 8

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Argentina in a tight, but an entertaining contest between the Jaguares and the Lions.

43.00: Los Jaguares have started the second period with intent, stringing a long series of plays together; however, they concede a penalty at the breakdown allowing the Lions to clear the danger.

44.00: It’s a bit scrappy from both teams. The Lions lose possession inside the opposition’s 22, killing a good chance at some early points.

45.00: Jannie du Plessis is pinged for collapsing.

46.00: Both sides are still kicking away the ball, choosing to play inside the opposition’s half.

47.00: YELLOW CARD! Kremer gives away his third penalty, his team’s ninth, for dangerous play at the ruck.

48.00: Miotti pins the Lions on the goal-line with a pin-point cross-field kick.

50.00: TRY! Matias Moroni times his run to perfection, running an angled run into space, and the centre races away to score his 10th Super Rugby five-pointer. 15-8

51.00: CONVERSION! Miotti adds the extras. 17-8

54.00: Pieter Jansen overthrows an attacking lineout, inside the Jaguares’ 22, to Marvin Orie, letting the hosts off the hook.

55.00: Superb defensive work by the South Americans at the breakdown to win the penalty and clear the danger.

58.00: More good work at the breakdown sees the Jaguares win a turnover and clear their lines. Their defence, particularly their first-time tackling, has been immense.

59.00: TRY! Moroni at the double as the centre darts inside the onrushing defenders to score his second try of the night. The attack came from another botched Lions lineout. 22-8

60.00: CONVERSION! Miotti splits the uprights. 24-8

64.00: The Lions are starting to tire as they chase the game. They are struggling to get out of their half.

66.00: Massyn is held up in the maul after trying a driving maul.

69.00: TRY! Javier Ortega Desio dances his way through the defenders to score under the posts. Game over! 29-8

70.00: CONVERSION! Miotti makes no mistake. 31-8

73.00: The Jaguares have another attacking lineout on the visitor’s try-line.

74.00: TRY! Agustin Creevy flops over the line. 36-8

75.00: CONVERSION! Another two for the flyhalf. 38-8

78.00: It’s desperate by the Lions, who are dead on their feet.

81.00: The hooter sounds, and the ball is hoofed into touch.


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The final score after 80 minutes is Jaguares 38 (10) Lions 8 (8)


Tries – Miotti, Moroni (2), Ortega Desio, Creevy
Pen – Miotti
Con – Miotti (5)
Drop –
Cards – Kremer (Yellow, 47′)

Tries – Warner
Pen – Jantjies
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1: Pablo Deluca
Assistant Ref 2: Martin Cordoba
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Juan Cruz Mallia, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli (captain), 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando.


15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Duncan Matthews, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Ruan Vermaak, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Morné van der Berg, 23 Manuel Rass.

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