The Lions, last year’s Super Rugby finalists, kicked off their campaign, with a win, last week at home against the Sharks.
The Lions delivered a solid performance while the Jaguares made a slow start, in a loss, to the Stormers.
- This will be the fifth meeting between these teams, with the previous four each being won by the home team on the day.
- There have been 30 tries scored in the four previous meetings between these sides with the South African outfit accounting for 18 of these.
- The Jaguares have won two of their last three games away from home, having lost 11 of their previous 13 games on the road (W2).
- The Lions won their opener last weekend against the Sharks, they are aiming to win their opening two fixtures for the third season in a row.
- The Jaguares have won twice in South Africa, beating the Cheetahs in 2016 and the Kings in 2017.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Johannesburg. The Jaguares conceded an early penalty and Elton Jantjies clears.
3.00: TRY! Emiliano Boffelli finishes off a wonderful, flowing move which saw the forwards and backs combine with some excellent lines. 0-5
4.00: CONVERSION! Nicolas Sanchez adds the extras. 0-7
8.00: Kwagga Smith is stopped short of the line. The Lions driving maul beasted the Jaguares, but some good defence stopped the move.
9.00: The Lions, running from their own half, lose the ball forwards and the visitors get the scrum in an attacking part of the field, 15 metres in from touch.
11.00: The Lions set up another driving maul, and yet again, the Jaguares stop the drive. However, they win the ball and lose it forward. Scrum to the Lions, five-metres out.
14.00: Harold Vorster is penalised for hands in the ruck. Agustin Creevy throws deep but it is skew and gathered by the Lions.
15.00: The Jaguares turn the ball over. Good defence.
16.00: A tap-and-go by Ross Cronje starts a counter-attack, unfortunately, the ball is lost into touch, and the move breaks down.
17.00: The Lions are penalised. Boffelli, from 49 metres out, will take a shot at goal.
18.00: PENALTY! It’s good from the winger. 0-10
19.00: Another turnover at the ruck by the Jaguares turns defence into attack. The Lions are not committing men to the breakdown and the visitors are snapping up the loose ball.
20.00: The move breaks down after another unforced error by the Argentinians.
23.00: The Jaguares are pinged for offsides. Aphiwe Dyantyi made the initial break which led to the penalty. However, the lineout is lost. Warren Whitely saves the day with a tackle which has led to a Lions’ scrum on the Jags’ 5.
24.00: Big scrum by the South Americans as they win the penalty.
26.00: MASSIVE scrum, this time by the Lions, leads to a penalty.
27.00: TRY! Dyantyi is over for his second try in as many games. The winger steps off his left foot and cuts between Felipe Arregui and Sanchez to score. 5-10
28.00: MISS! Jantjies can’t add the extras, but the Lions have halved the deficit. 5-10
32.00: The Lions are going through the phases, but some good defending is holding them out.
33.00: YELLOW CARD and PENALTY TRY! Bautista Delguy deliberately knocked down Whiteley’s pass. 12-10
33.00: That is an outrageous decision from referee Jaco Peyper and TMO Willie Vos.
36.00: A couple of reset scrums. It could have been a penalty for the Jaguares after Arregui popped Ruan Dreyer.
39.00: TRY! Andries Coetzee crashes over after Lionel Mapoe’s wonderful offload. The centre sucked in two defenders before sending the fullback away. 17-10
41.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies finds his range. 19-10
The half-time score was Lions 19 Jaguares 10
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Ellis Park.
43.00: The scrums have been a mess, today. Almost always reset or leading to a penalty.
45.00: Wonderful steal by Whiteley. Coetzee clears, but the ball is returned by Joaquin Tuculet.
47.00: TRY! Sylvian Mahuza is sent away after a great run by Dyantyi. It came from a strong scrum inside the Lions half. 24-10
49.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies makes no mistake; he’s found his range. 26-10
50.00: Dreyer is caught offsides and the Jaguares get the penalty. Sanchez will take a shot at goal.
51.00: PENALTY! Sanchez halves the deficit. 26-13
52.00: TRY! Dyantyi is in for his second after a counter-attack inside the Lions’ 22. The winger races away for a 60-metre run. The 23-year-old goes past three Jaguares players, two of which run into each other before an outrageous side-step on Boffelli. 31-13
53.00: Jantjies converts from in front. 33-13 – game over.
56.00: The Jaguares are going route one. After 16 phases, they are stopped when a Lions player knocks on. They opt for a scrum after having the penalty-advantage.
57.00: MASSIVE scrum by the Lions! The visitors get the ball out but lose it forwards. Poor by the Jaguares.
59.00: Dyantyi, who is having a game, collects the high-ball and the Lions go wide. However, Coetzee loses the ball forward and a promising move breaks down.
61.00: Penalty to the Lions inside the Jaguares’ 22. Peyper is speaking to captain Pablo Matera about multiple infringement and high tackles. Jantjies kicks to the corner.
63.00: The Lions have gone multiple phases of eight or more and are camped inside the opposition’s 22.
64.00: TRY! Rohan Janse Van Rensburg is over under the posts. The substitute collected Jantjies’ short pass and he crashes through the defenders to score. 38-13
65.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies kicks his fourth conversion. 40-13
69.00: Dyantyi shows his astute defence, batting Sanchez’s cross-kick away from Boffelli.
70.00: The Jaguares have the lineout and go to their driving maul.
71.00: Skipper Whiteley is warned by Jaco Peyper for multiple infringements in the red zone.
71.00: YELLOW CARD! Julian Montoya is off and the penalty is overturned.
72.00: TRY! Delguy kicks the loose ball forwards, rounds the Lions defenders, gathers and scores. 40-18
72.00: Sanchez slots the conversion. 40-20
75.00: TRY! Martin Landajo’s precise box-kick is collected by Delguy, who is in for his second. 40-25
76.00: Sanchez takes the conversion quickly, and it’s good. 40-27
79.00: TRY! Whiteley takes Jantjies’ flat pass and runs in for the Lions’ seventh try. 45-27.
80.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the two. 47-27
The final score is Lions 47 (19) Jaguares 27 (10)
Tries – Dyantyi (2), Penalty try, Coetzee, Mahuza, Janse Van Rensburg, Whiteley
Con – Jantjies (5)
Tries – Boffelli, Delguy (2)
Pen – Boffelli, Sanchez
Con – Sanchez (3)
Cards – Delguy (Yellow, 33′), Montoya (Yellow, 71′)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2: Jaco Pretorius (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobus Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Marco Jansen Van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg.
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 23 Ramiro Moyano.