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Moyano brace hands Jaguares win over Waratahs

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The Jaguares edged the Waratahs 15-23 in a tight, tense contest at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta.

Ramiro Moyano grabbed a brace to become the Jaguares’ all-time leading Super Rugby try-scorer.

Gonzalo Quesada’s charges go top of the South African Conference with their sixth win in seven Super Rugby games.

It is also their third win in three versus New South Wales, who are yet to beat the South Americans in the tournament.

The defeat is almost terminal for Daryl Gibson’s side, who are eight points behind the Brumbies and seven behind the Melbourne Rebels in the Australian Conference.

The Jaguares took a seven-point lead into the shed at half time after a converted Ramiro Moyano try.

Domingo Miotti penalty late in half cancelled out Bernard Foley’s 35th-minute penalty goal.

Moyano crossed soon after the break after a slick counter-attack started by Tomás Cubelli winning a turnover at the breakdown.

Yellow Card changes the game’s complexion

Pablo Matera was yellow-carded in the 55th-minute for collapsing an NSW maul.

It offered the home team a life-line.

Referee Paul Williams was quick to his pocket and quick to award the Waratahs a penalty try to keep them in the contest.

Nick Phipps had a try ruled out on the hour after a TMO replay showed a foot in touch in the lead up to his score.

Super Rugby Video Highlights: Round 15, Waratahs versus Jaguares, Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney 

Curtis Rona, who came on and wreaked havoc, dotted down in the corner after a period of sustained pressure finally paid dividends for the hosts.

Foley missed the touchline score-levelling conversion.

Joaquin Diaz Bonilla came off the bench, kicking two late penalties to secure the victory.

His second penalty after the hooter all but extinguished any chance of the Tahs making the playoffs because they denied the hosts a losing bonus-point.

Game of attrition as both sides blunted each other’s attack

This was a game for the new-age purest; both teams playing the percentages, not too many penalties or handling errors in the first quarter, either.

Domingo Miotti and Bernard Foley controlled the tempo for their teams and went to the air on numerous occasions.

The Waratahs tackled and tackled, racking up double the amount of tackles as their opponents, who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory.

The kicking game eventually paid dividends for the tourists. They broke the deadlock on 26 minutes with a kick behind the NSW back three.

The Jaguares got some quick ball and sent it wide to the left.

Jeronimo de la Fuente carried, looked up and saw Alex Newsome up in the line, and put in a little grubber for Moyano to chase.

Moyano beat Newsome and Kurtley Beale to the bouncing ball and scored in the corner.

Miotti slotted the touchline conversion.

The Jaguares continued to dominate the statistics. They enjoyed 73% possession and 71% territory after half an hour.

Daryl Gibson’s men had to make 124 tackles to 42 in the first 40 minutes, but their defence was solid.

The home team could not get any rhythm or momentum, their offloading game was non-existent, and they kept turning over possession.

The first penalty in a kickable position, it offered a breather, and Michael Hooper opted for the points.

Miotti added one of his own a few minutes before half time.

Waratahs fight back after Moyano’s second score

Moyano scored in the 48th-minute after a brilliant handling move combing forwards and backs.

Cubelli won the turnover with a brilliant counter-ruck inside enemy territory.

The ball was shifted at speed to the winger to dot down and open up a 14-point lead after Miotti’s conversion.

The game changed after that, the Tahs found some momentum, dominating territory and possession.

The Jaguares leaked penalties at an alarming rate before referee Paul Williams awarded the home team a penalty try and sent Matera to the naughty step.

Rona and Beale were wreaking havoc, but the handling became a problem.

Phipps thought he had scored, but his five-pointer was ruled out after the TMO replay showed Rona had stepped on the chalk in the build up.

Rona crossed 10 minutes after the penalty-try to give his side hope.

However, the Australians could not capitalise on their second-half domination.

They made too many mistakes inside the Jaguares’ 22, allowing the Argentinians reprieves.

With time running out, the Buenos Aires side ran down the clock, slowing play at the set-pieces before landing the knock-out blow.

New South Wales gave away two costly penalties in the final 10 minutes.

Diaz Bonilla’s boot finished the game and taking away the losing bonus-point from the Tahs, and probably, their chance at the playoffs.

Final Score: Waratahs 15 (3) Jaguares 23 (10)

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries – Penalty Try, Rona
Pen – Foley
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Jaguares
Tries – Moyano (2)
Pen – Miotti, Diaz Bonilla (2)
Con – Miotti (2)
Drop –
Cards – Matera (Yellow, 55′)

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Jaco Peyper
TMO: Ian Smith

Teams

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Will Miller, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Curtis Rona

Jaguares

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Carreras, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Tomás Lavanini, 20 Juan Manual Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Moroni.

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