The Jaguares have played the Sharks seven times in Super Rugby since 2016, the Argentinians have won twice, but lost five times.
The South Americans’ two wins give them a record of winning 29% of their matches against the Sharks regardless of venue.
- The Jaguares have won two of their last three matches against the Sharks (L1), after losing their first four encounters in Super Rugby history.
- Gonzalo Quesada’s side has won seven of their last eight Super Rugby games, including their last three on the bounce.
- The Sharks have lost just one of their four games outside South Africa in Super Rugby 2019 (W2, D1), losing only to the Chiefs in that time.
- Both teams have only conceded nine clean breaks per game in Super Rugby 2019, the joint fewest in the competition alongside the Crusaders.
- Guido Petti Pagadizaval has stolen nine lineouts this Super Rugby campaign, the joint-most of any player in the competition and three more than Sharks’ best Hyron Andrews.
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway, in the last fixture of Round 17 in Super Rugby, at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires. This could be a cracker, although, there have been too many duds in Argentina.
2.00: It’s a tentative start to the game by both sides. The Sharks have the first lineout. They clear to the hosts’ half.
3.00: TRY! Sebastian Cancelliere finishes a sweeping backline move to score in the corner. He held off Makazole Mapimpi, then carried the wing over the line before dotting down. 5-0
5.00: MISS! The conversion attempt is wide. 5-0
7.00: The first scrum of the game needs to be reset: Who’d have thought?
8.00: The referee moves the set-piece away from the churned-up turf.
9.00: Referee Nick Briant has had enough; he awards a free kick to the hosts for a pre-engagement by the Sharks.
11.00: Both teams are kicking for territory, but the home team has done it better; however, the tourists win a penalty after some good defending.
12.00: Curwin Bosch kicks to the Jaguares’ 22. The visitors can’t get their driving maul going, and they lose the ball in contact a couple of phases later.
13.00: Scrum to the Jaguares, on their 22.
14.00: Bosch fluffs Tomás Cubelli’s chip-kick into touch. Lucky break for the fullback.
15.00: The ref stops play because of an injury to a Sharks’ player. There’s no advantage for the hosts, so they get the penalty from the previous phase. Joaquín Díaz Bonilla kicks to the 22; it wasn’t a good kick at all, going about 10 metres.
16.00: TRY! Emiliano Boffelli beats two tight-forwards, and ghosts through to double his team’s lead. It came from a wonderful wrap-around in midfield. 10-0
17.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good, this time. 12-0
18.00: Andre Esterhuizen tackles Javier Ortega Desio in the air from the restart. The TMO checks for foul play, but it’s only a penalty.
20.00: Robert du Preez must be (yet again) pulling his thin hair, out. his side is not playing well, although, they win a penalty after holding the ball for five phases.
22.00: Superb defending by Pablo Matera and Agustín Creevy to hold up the Sharks’ attackers and win the scrum.
24.00: Jeronimo de la Fuente knocks on, giving the Sharks an attacking scrum inside his team’s 22.
25.00: Unbelievable from Matías Moroni to win the penalty inside his 22 after the Sharks got isolated.
26.00: Matías Moroni again, this time he forces another turnover, but via a knock on in the tackle.
27.00: The Sharks are abject. How Rob Snr keeps his job, will be beyond me.
28.00: Lukhanyo Am obstructs the Jaguares after Robert du Preez takes a bomb. Penalty to the hosts. The Jaguares opt to kick to the corner. Game over if they score.
29.00: The home team botch their lineout; the Sharks survive: just.
31.00: Gonzalo Quesada has really taken the South American franchise forward. their discipline has improved; their skills look sharp; their defence suffocates, and they take their chances. Unreal!
33.00: Oosthuizen concedes a scrum-penalty. Surprisingly, De la Fuente opts to take a shot at goal.
34.00: MISS! Díaz Bonilla pulls another kick, wide. 12-0
36.00: MISS! Another kick goes astray. 12-0
38.00: Dan du Preez’s ill-discipline sees the ref overturn a penalty, allowing Boffelli a chance to extend the lead.
39.00: MISS! No, not again. This time Boffelli misses, hitting the post and allowing the Sharks another reprieve. 12-0
41.00: The Sharks get out of jail, and into the shed for a rollicking.
The halftime score was Jaguares 12 Sharks 0
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Argentina.
42.00: The Sharks’ ill-discipline continues, this time it’s a late tackle, giving the hosts another chance to set-up a lineout drive.
45.00: PENALTY! Díaz Bonilla punishes the Sharks. 15-0
48.00: Sharks have an opportunity with a penalty inside the red zone: five-metre lineout.
50.00: The Sharks botch then lineout, then concede a penalty. They are terrible.
53.00: TRY! Game over! Boffelli takes the ball out of Bosch’s hands, beats Am, and coasts in for his second of the game. 20-0
54.00: CONVERSION! Díaz Bonilla adds another two. 22-0
57.00: The Sharks are not up for this, they look like they want to get on the plane and head off to North Beach for a Wimpy milkshake.
58.00: The South Americans have been good value, tonight. They have done the basics, right. They tap-and-go after a mark by Cubelli, kick-starting a counter-attack.
59.00: TRY! Cancelliere gets his double after a Boffelli break in midfield. 27-0
60.00: CONVERSION! Díaz Bonilla adds the extras. 29-0
64.00: The crowd is having fun, singing along to Queen. It’s a party atmosphere in Buenos Aires.
66.00: The Sharks should get something, here. They have a couple of penalties inside their hosts’ 22.
68.00: TRY! Esterhuizen crashes over for the try. 29-5
69.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras. 29-7
71.00: Scrum to the hosts inside the Sharks’ 22, but the visitors win the penalty.
74.00: The game is winding down, slowly. It’s basically a non-event.
75.00: The visitors have an attacking lineout inside the Jaguares’ 22, but they again lose their throw.
78.00: The Sharks win another meaningless penalty. the Jaguares survive, winning the turnover, and clear the danger.
79.00: Bosch is down, getting checked by the medical staff.
81.00: TRY! Santiago Carreras completes the humiliation.
82.00: MISS! the kick is wide. 34-0
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The final score is Jaguares 34 (12) Sharks 7 (0)
Tries – Cancelliere (2), Boffelli (2), Carreras
Pen – Díaz Bonilla
Con – Díaz Bonilla (3)
Tries – Esterhuizen
Con – Bosch
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2: Damian Schneider
TMO: Marius Jonker
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Francisco Gorrisen, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando.
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Aphelele Fassi.