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Sharks beat Jaguares in Buenos Aires



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Argentina’s Jaguares host South Africa’s Sharks in the final match on Saturday for Super Rugby round 10 and the Sharks will be aiming for a fourth straight win over the South Americans.

The Jaguares have played the Sharks three times since the Argentina side joined Super Rugby last year and the Sharks have won all three.

Only one of those matches was on South American soil and that match was edged by the Sharks at 22-25.

This game will have a big impact on the Africa 2 Standings as the teams are separated by only four points. The loser of this fixture will almost certainly be out of the running for a wildcard spot.

The two teams are out on the field. The weather is glorious and the pitch, bathed in sunshine.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! BEEP! We are underway in Buenos Aires.

3.00: TRY Philip van der Walt! The Sharks go through the phases and after several pick-and-goes, the flanker barges his way over the try-line. Great start by the South Africans.

4.00: Curwin Bosch adds the conversion.

6.00: Both teams are throwing the ball around and have already turned over the ball. Eventually, after some aerial ping-pong, the ball is sent into the stands after the Sharks win a penalty. Phew. Frenetic stuff.

7.00: Curwin Bosch will kick at goal from 40 metres out.

8.00: It’s wide.

10.00: The ball has been turned over several times by both sides. Nicolás Sánchez is down after taking a hit from Ruan Botha. He could be in trouble here. It looks a late shoulder to the face of the Pumas standoff.

11.00: Ruan Botha is a lucky man. That was reminiscent of his high tackle against the Rebels last week which, ultimately, cost the sharks a try and possibly the win.

11.00: PENALTY Nicolás Sánchez! The Jaguares are on the board.

14.00: The Jaguares are punching the ball in the tight channels and are advancing into sharks territory. Oh dear. Felipe Ezcurra knocks the ball forward at the ruck and the 10-phase move comes to nought.

16.00: Scrum is being reset on the halfway line. That’s three times.

18.00: Another multi-phase play ends in another penalty to the visitors. Bosch will take a shot from about 18 metres out.

19.00: Penalty Bosch! The standoff makes no mistake from so close. The Durban team extend their lead to seven.

21.00: some aerial ping-pong comes to an end as the teams try to keep the ball in hand. The ball is moving quite a bit in the air. The fullbacks are struggling with the swirling winds.

22.00: YELLOW CARD! Michael Claassens is sent to the bin for cynical play. The scrumhalf deliberately knocked the ball forward and therefore, stopped a Jaguares attack. 

23.00: PENALTY Sánchez! The flyhalf reduces the Sharks’ lead to four.

25.00: The Sharks win another penalty, near halfway, and Bosch will try from range.

26.00: PENALTY Bosch! The flyhalf cancels out Sánchez’s penalty. Great kick.

27.00: The Jags win a penalty and they kick deep into the visitors’ 22.

28.00: TRY Joaquin Tuculet! the fullback finishes a wonderful backline move. Bautista Ezcurra ran a looping run and collected Sánchez’s pass, ghosted through the gap and sent Tuculet over in the corner.

29.00: Sánchez adds the conversion and the scores are level. 

31.00: The Referee is playing advantage to the Jaguares. Jaco Peyper calls over Agustin Creevy and tells him to tell his players to stop talking. The Jags kick deep and have a line-out on the Sharks 22.

32.00: Curwin Bosch clears with a monster kick but, it was brought back into the 22 by the Sharks’ forwards. Big mistake.

33.00: A free-kick is awarded to the hosts; they will scrum.

34.00: TRY Matias Orlando! He takes a pop-pass from Jeronimo De La Fuente and crashes over. It came from a broken move just under the Sharks posts.

35.00: The conversion is good. That yellow card was very costly.

36.00: TRY Etienne Oosthuizen! It began with Rhyno Smith’s break. The fullback took the ball into the opposition’s 22 and after some quick ball at the breakdown, the substitute collects Philip van der Walt’s pop-pass and scores.

37.00: Bosch levels the scores. This is end-to-end rugby at it’s best.

40.00: Lourens Adriaanse is penalised for a high tackle. Sánchez will take a shot from 50 metres out.

41.00: The hooter sounds and the kick, hits the upright, is gathered and cleared out by Van der Walt. the stand-in skipper has been everywhere for the Sharks.

The half-time score was Jaguares 20 Sharks 20

The teams are back out after the break. The sun is starting to go down in Argentina as the players await the ref’s whistle.

The Sharks have made 62 tackles to the Jaguares’ 46, carries are almost level but the visitors have missed 19 tackles. They need to sort that out.

BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway.

42.00: The home team have started where they left off; with intensity, throwing the ball wide.

43.00: Leonardo Senatore loses the ball forward with the try-line beckoning. Lucky break for the South Africans.

46.00: A short break in play as we wait for a scrum to the Sharks.

47.00: The good field position is lost after the ref pings the Sharks for hands in the ruck.

50.00: The game is taking place around the halfway line. The home team have had most of the ball but the Sharks have managed to stop the attacks.

51.00: TRY Thomas du Toit! The ‘Tank’ takes a ball from Coenie Oosthuizen – his front row partner of all people – who draws Matias Moroni and sends Du Toit away. He still has to shrug off Jeronimo De La Fuente’s attempted tackle before scoring.

52.00: Bosch adds the extras. What a great try. The Sharks have the lead, again.

54.00: Tuculet knocks the ball on and it’s a scrum to the Sharks. Jaco Peyper is getting a sound check as he has lost communication with his assistants.

56.00: Big D from the Jaguares; they win the penalty at the breakdown and Juan Martin Hernández, kicks a monster touch-finder, to the delight of the fans.

59.00: The Sharks get a scrum and Claassens kicks a big box-kick. Lwazi Mvovo gathers the loose ball and the Durban side earns a penalty. That was some good support play by the Sharks’ loose forwards. Bosch will attempt to give his team a 10-point lead.

60.00: PENALTY! It’s good from the youngster and his team has some breathing space going into the final quarter.

62.00: TRY Bautista Ezcurra! Tuculet kicks a big up-and-under on Bosch. The flyhalf loses the aerial contest and the fullback gives a beautiful backdoor offload to the winger, who races away to score. That was spectacular from the outside backs.

63.00: The conversion his poorly hit and sails wide.

67.00: The Sharks attack wide and are going through the phases. Somehow, the Jags steal the ball and kill all momentum with a poor pass into touch. Infuriating from the South Americans.

70.00: Creevy makes another turnover; wow! The Pumas hooker is incredible over the ball at the ruck.

74.00: Some aerial ping-pong, again. The hosts win the ball back and are heaping pressure on the Sharks, inside their 22, and are building momentum as the clock ticks down.

76.00: The sharks win another penalty, inside the opposition’s half, and will take a scrum.

79.00: The sharks win a penalty and they will take a shot at goal.

80.00: PENALTY! Bosch does it. That’s the game and 18 points from the 19-year-old.


Live In-Play Betting.

Final score: Jaguares 25 (20) Sharks 33 (20)


Tries – Tuculet, Orlando, Ezcurra
Pen –  Sánchez (2)
Con – Sánchez (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Van der Walt, E. Oosthuizen, Du Toit
Pen – Bosch (4)
Con – Bosch (3)
Drop –
Cards – Claassens (Yellow, 23rd minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2: Damian Schneider
TMO: Santiago Borsani



15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.

Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Benjamin Macome, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Juan Martin Hernández, 23 Matias Moroni.


15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 Johan Deysel.

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