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Miotti shines as Jaguares hammer listless Lions




The Jaguares beat the Lions 38-8 to open their Super Rugby account on a warm summer evening at Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires.

Matias Moroni grabbed a brace, and replacement flyhalf Domingo Miotti scored 18 points as the Jaguares cruised to a comfortable victory over the South Africans.

The 23-year-old also assisted in Moroni’s first try with a deft pass to cap a virtuoso in the pocket.

Javier Ortega Desio and Agustin Creevy came off the bench to seal the bonus-point win as the Lions crumbled.

Miotti scored and converted his try to give his side an early lead.

Elton Jantjies and Miotti traded penalties either side of Andre Warner’s 24th-minute score as the home team took a slender two-point lead into the break.

But the Argentinians pulled away, despite having Marcos Kremer in the bin for 10 minutes, after the break, thanks to Moroni’s 10th and 11th Super Rugby tries as the Lions tired in the South American heat.

Miotti, on for the injured Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, controlled the game from the pocket with some accurate tactical kicking and inventive attacking play.

Super Rugby Video Highlights: Jaguares versus Lions, Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aries

The Lions started well, but ran out of gas; their inexperience no match for their vaunted opponents.

Gonzalo Quesada emptied his bench. Ortega Desio danced his way under the posts and Creevy finished from a driving maul, at the death.

Quesada’s men kept the Joburg side scoreless from the 27th-minute, shutting them out in the second stanza.

Both teams fail to find the finishing touch in a tight, but entertaining first half

Jantjies missed a third-minute penalty from in front after a big scrum by his front row.

Diaz Bonilla went off injured four minutes later. Miotti came on and kicked a penalty to touch to set up an attacking lineout five metres out.

The Jaguares went to their maul, but Tomas Cubelli saw Miotti, on the angle, popped to the flyhalf, who crashed over for the score.

The electric flyhalf converted his try to make it 7-0 in the 11th-minute.

Kremer was slow to retreat from an offside position, giving Jantjies the chance to put his team on the board from in front.

Lions strike from deep after some superb work at the breakdown, but Jaguares stay ahead

The visitors struck from a turnover inside their half when Vincent Tshituka stole the ball at the breakdown.

The ball was sent to Len Massyn, who raced 50 metres down the touchline before sending Warner away for a sensational try.

Jantjies shanked his conversion attempt, but the South Africans led.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Miotti put his side back in front with a penalty, two minutes later.

Juan Cruz Mallia went close before the break, but the Lions’ scramble defence got back to win the turnover and penalty.

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

Jantjies opted for an attacking lineout, instead of taking the points, which proved a poor decision because the Jaguares stole the ball and sent it into touch.

The second half sparked into life after Kremer’s sin-binning as the Jaguares took control

The visitors imploded after the restart, conceding four second-half tries as their hosts romped home.

The second half started with both teams kicking away possession before Kremer was yellow-carded in the 47th-minute for a dangerous cleanout at the ruck; his third penalty of the game and ninth by the home side.

Moroni gathered Miotti’s deft pass, timed his run to perfection, running an angled run into space, and the raced away to score his 10th Super Rugby five-pointer.

Miotti added the easy extras from under the sticks to open up a nine-point lead.

The Lions could not score despite having the extra man, wasting several attacks inside their opponent’s 22.

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.

Jaguares put their foot on the gas and go through the gears as Lions fade away

Moroni soon had his second before the hour mark after another botched Lions lineout.

The Jaguares spread the ball through the hands to Moroni, who darted inside the onrushing defenders, to score.

Miotti split the uprights with his fourth successful kick of the night.

The Lions, tiring, had no answer to the powerful Jaguares’ bench. Ortega Desio entered and killed the game with his team’s fourth score of the night.

Miotti drifted wide and sent an inside pass to Boffelli, on his inside. The winger broke two tackles, drew the last defender, before sending the loose forward away.

Another Miotti conversion to open up an unassailable 23-point lead.

Creevy flopped over the line after a powerful driving maul to add insult to injury.

Final Score: 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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