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Super Rugby | Bloemfontein
17:10 (GMT) | 26-02-2016
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After a scrum reset on their own tryline, the Cheetahs give the ball up and the Jaguares can score. The visitors lose the ball and the Cheetahs have one last chance. However, the home side gives away a penalty on the ground and the ball is kicked out for full-time!
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The Jaguares form the maul again before Emiliano Boffelli takes the ball up. the ball is lost forward and the Cheetahs will have a scrum 5m from their own tryline!
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the Jaguares form the driving maul and are stopped just short. the visitors get the penalty and they opt for a 5m line-out
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The Cheetahs have the ball deep inside their own half before their is an intercept. the Cheetahs get the ball back and start again as they go in search of a winning score. But the Argentinians get the ball back again keep the Cheetahs pinned deep in their own half with a kick.
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Van Jaarsveld drives forward for the Cheetahs and the Jaguares are offside. Niel Marias from straight in front, converts the penalty and the score is now 34-33!
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Zeilinga finds a gap in the Jaguares before the ball goes wide and the home are tackled into touch in the Jaguares half of the field.
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The Jaguares, from an attacking scrum, go wide before Sanchez gets his team three points through a drop goal.
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The Cheetahs form the driving maul before going wide. Rhule looks dangerous but is tackled 10m short. The ball goes loose and possession is exchanged back and forth before Sanchez finds touch in the Cheetahs 22.
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From a scrum on halfway, the Jaguares spill the ball at the back from the scrum and the Cheetahs push forward towards the Jaguares 22.
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Sanchez adds the extras the Jaguares take the lead, 31-30
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The Jaguares are building some momentum before they lose the ball and Rhule kicks downfield. The Jaguares counter and after a great breakout, it is Landajo who sprints in for the try!
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After a scrum reset, the Cheetahs go wide, but there is another turnover. The Jaguares lose the ball as well and the home side go on the attack once again. The visitors get the penalty and they take it quickly.
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The Jaguares cannot turn their good field position into points and instead lose the ball forward. The Cheetahs have a defensive scrum near their own 22.
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The Cheetahs are offside and there is scuffle. Sanchez gives his team a line-out inside the Cheetahs' 22.
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The Cheetahs make their way inside the Jaguares half again and are looking more and more dangerous on attack. Zeilinga tries to find a way through the visitors defence before the Jaguares turns it over.
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From a scrum, in the midfield, the Cheetahs go wide, but Blommetjies is well marked. Play is brought back for Cheetahs penalty and Zeilinga will go for polls from 45m out. He converts the penalty and the Cheetahs lead 30-24!
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The Cheetahs forms the maul before Shaun Venter sends the ball high. The Jaguares get the ball back, but they cannot do anything with it and the Cheetahs get a scrum on halfway!
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Sanchez tries to create something out of nothing in his own half and succeeds before the ball is kicked out into touch near the Cheetahs ' 22
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Zeilinga picks up the loose ball from the line-out and the Cheetahs keep the ball close with their big men. Francois Venter is nearly through a gap, however, the Cheetahs get the penalty! Zeilinga lines up the kick right in front of the posts and converts the penalty!
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The Jaguares form the driving maul from the line-out before Sanchez finds touch near halfway.
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The Cheetahs go on the attack and are about to score before Rhule is tackled out into touch 5m from the Jaguares tryline.
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Sanchez adds the extras and the Jaguares are back in it!
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The Jaguares will have an attacking line-out inside the Cheetahs 22 after a poor kick by Zeilinga. The visitors form the maul before the ball is shifted wide. The ball is kicked Senatore gathers and Rodrigo Baez scores the try!
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After some scrappy play from the restart, the Cheetahs will get a scrum near halfway! Shaun Venter goes wide from the scrum before Zeilinga kicks downfield. After a kicking exchange Sanchez finds touch in the Cheetahs' 22.
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SECOND HALF: Nicolas Sanchez gets the second half underway!

Half Time

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After a scrum reset, Shaun Venter kicks the ball out and that is HALF-TIME: Cheetahs 24-17 Jaguares!
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The Jaguares lose the ball forward at the scrum after another big shove by the Cheetahs. The home side will have a defensive scrum 5m from their own tryline.
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The Jaguares are making a fantastic comeback in this game and they get another penalty near halfway. They opt for a line-out in the Cheetahs half. They go wide before Tuculet grubbers - The Jaguares will get a 5m scrum after the ball is carried over by Rhule.
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Sanchez adds the extras and the score is now 24-17!
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The Jaguares get another penalty in the Cheetahs' 22 and they opt for a line-out. The visitors form the maul and they get another penalty. They opt for the line-out again. They form the maul again and this time Creevy bulldozers his way over for the try!
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The Cheetahs, from a line-out in the Jaguares half, go wide before Rhule loses the ball forward. The Jaguares try and make good use of the free ball an dthey make their way towards the Cheetahs' 22.
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Sanchez converts the try! and the score is 24-10.
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Landajo breaks and is space before the ball is turned over. However, the Cheetahs give away a penalty. The Jaguares opt for a 22m line-out and they set the maul before Landajo snipes around the side and scores the try!
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The Argentinians keep the ball close with their forwards now before the ball is kicked downfield. Emiliano Boffelli chases and nearly gets in for the score!
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The Cheetahs have a penalty on halfway after Tomas Lavanini put a knee in Small-Smith's back. Zeilinga misses the kick to polls from halfway. After a few kicks the Jaguares have the ball on halfway again.
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Zeilinga misses the conversion, but the Cheetahs lead 24-3!
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The Jaguares are playing with a lot of momentum now and are back in the Jaguares 22. The ball goes wide and William Small-Smith dives over in the corner for the
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Zeilinga misses the conversion, but the Cheetahs lead 19-0
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The Jaguares, with 13 men, make their way towards the Cheetahs but they give away a penalty on the ground. the Cheetahs will have a line-out on the Jaguares 22. The Cheetahs work the ball from the line-out to the short side and Van Jaarsveld is through for the try after a Zeilinga pass.
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Zeilinga converts the try and the Cheetahs lead 14-3
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Landajo is yellow carded for the kick!
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Zeilinga finds touch from the scrum and the visitors will have a line-out deep inside the home team's half. The Cheetahs steal the ball and go wide before Shaun Venter sends the ball high. The Jaguares hit back with a counter and make their way in the Cheetahs 22. Sergeal Petersen intercepts and races down field! he is tackled just short. But its a penalty and Sanchez is yellow carded. Torsten van Jaarsveld is nearly over for the try from the 5m line-out, but he lost the ball over the tryline. It goes to the TMO. AND IT IS A PENALTY TRY after replays showed Landajo kicked the ball out of Van Jaarsveld's hand!
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From a line-out in the Cheetahs 22, the Jaguares go wide, but they lose the ball forward and the home side will have a defensive scrum.
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The Jaguares get another penalty and Sanchez finds touch inside the Cheetahs 22 from halfway!
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The Cheetahs cannot retain possession from the kick-off and the Jaguares put them under pressure. The visitors have a penalty in the home side's 22. Sanchez converts the penalty and the score is 7-3!
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Zeilinga converts the try and the Cheetahs lead 7-0!
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Rhule is in space and makes his way into the Jaguares 22, however, he holds onto the ball on the ground and the Jaguares win the penalty. Francois Venter then gets his team on the scoreboard after he intercepts a Jaguares pass and sprints in for a try!
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Zeilinga, from a tight angle misses the penalty and the score is still 0-0!
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From a scrum on their own 22m line, the Jaguares are pushed back in the scrum and the home side gets the penalty!
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Blommetjies kicks deep from the line-out before it is returned. Tuculet gathers the ball in the air, but loses the ball forward. The Cheetahs find themselves with the ball now and Francois Venter is in space. However, nothing comes from it and the visitors will have a defensive scrum in their own half.
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The Jaguares have the ball on halfway before Sanchez finds touch in the Cheetahs' 22 with a good kick.
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Nicolas Sanchez from almost 50m out, cannot convert and the score remains the same.
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The Jaguares are put under pressure in their own 22 before the ball is cleared downfield. The Cheetahs from an attacking line-out near the 22. It comes to nothing and the visitors end up with the penalty in the Cheetahs half
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KICK-OFF: Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies gets the game underway!
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After winning their final match of the 2015 season the Cheetahs will be looking to secure consecutive victories for the first time since their opening two matches last season..
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The Cheetahs have won only three of their last 17 matches against teams from outside of South Africa.
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Welcome to live coverage of this Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and newcomers, the Jaguares in Bloemfontein!
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Cheetahs
Jaguares
START LINE UP
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 10 Fred Zeilinga
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 8 Niell Jordaan
  • 7 Uzair Cassiem
  • 6 Boom Prinsloo
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 3 Maks van Dyk
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 1 Charles Marais
RESERVES
  • 23 Niel Marais
  • 22 Tian Meyer
  • 21 Paul Schoeman
  • 20 Henco Venter
  • 19 Reniel Hugo
  • 18 Luan De Bruin
  • 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
START LINE UP
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
  • 14 Santiago Cordero
  • 13 Matias Moroni
  • 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • 11 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 10 Nicolas Sánchez
  • 9 Martin Landajo
  • 8 Leonardo Senatore
  • 7 Rodrigo Baez
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 5 Tomas Lavanini
  • 4 Guido Petti
  • 3 Ramiro Herrera
  • 2 Agustin Creevy
  • 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
RESERVES
  • 23 Matias Orlando
  • 22 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 20 Facundo Isa
  • 19 Matias Alemanno
  • 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
  • 17 Santiago García Botta
  • 16 Julian Montoya
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S18 preview. Round One, Part One

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:33

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round One.

While there are three new teams in the expanded version of what was already a bloated competition, there is bound to be excitement in the opening weekend of the 18-team tournament.

The excitement could come in the form of a host of new coaches - three of whom will be in action on the opening day.

It starts with the first match of the weekend, when new Blues coach Tana Umaga will face up to the defending champion Highlanders' well-established mentor Jamie Joseph.

The late game on the opening day features one of the three newcomers - Argentina's Jaguares, coached by Raúl Pérez, up against the Cheetahs, who in Franco Smith have the other new coach.
Sandwiched in between this a game between two old foes - the Brumbies against the Highlanders.

No doubt the opening day will deliver the usual dosage of drama and entertainment.

Here are the Friday, February 26, matches!

Blues v Highlanders
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off. 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Highlanders will quickly learn that the Super Rugby title they carry with them into the season has put a massive target on their collective backs.

There is no doubt the men from Dunedin have the playing ability to retain their title - the ability to pass, kick, tackle and run better than most.

However, the pressure of expectation and the desire of the opposition to knock them off their pedestal will weigh heavily on those broad shoulders.

Coach Jamie Joseph believes the Highlanders are as prepared as they could be.

Speaking in the wake of his team's pre-season victory over the Waratahs last week, he said overall he is happy where the Highlanders are.

Umaga, in contrast, was a lot more cautious - despite his team's unbeaten run in the pre-season.

He is aware of just how dangerous this Highlanders team can be, given that they are a settled unit.

"It's exciting," Umaga told the New Zealand Herald. "We've got a lot to prove, and the defending champions for us epitomise that effort, work ethic, good culture and working for each other attitude -  that's what every team wants.

"We've talked a lot about it, and we'll get to see how it goes."

But for the Blues coach it's very much about them doing things their own way.

"You can say all you want but it's how you live your life together. It's a long time together to try grow that, and the real measure comes when you have to whittle your side down to 23. How does that other group function, and are you getting the results? Those will be the real tests of our culture."

Recent results.
2015: Highlanders won 44-7, Auckland
2015: Highlanders won 30-24, Dunedin
2014: Blues won 30-12, Auckland
2014: Highlanders won 29-21, Dunedin
2013: Highlanders won 38-28, Dunedin
2013: Blues won 29-18, Auckland

Prediction: The Highlanders have won six of their last eight matches against the Blues and outscored them 74-31 on their way to two wins over them in 2015. The Blues have won 10 of the 13 matches when hosting the Highlanders in Super Rugby, though their last such fixture was a 44-7 loss and they've never lost consecutive home games to the Highlanders. The Highlanders won four straight matches on their way to victory in the 2015 Final and will be looking to start the season with a fifth straight win for the first time since they won six on the trot in 2005. The Highlanders averaged more turnovers won per game (9) than any other side in Super Rugby 2015. The Blues had the best tackle success rate (88 percent) of any team in Super Rugby 2015. It is a tough opening call to make. However, given the fact that the game is in Auckland and the Blues have looked a revitalised team under Tana Umaga, our money is on the Blues to sneak it by a converted try.

Teams.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 George Moala, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Rene Ranger.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Matt Faddes.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Hurricanes
(GIO Stadium; Canberra - Kick-off. 19.45; 21-.45 NZ time; 08.45 GMT)

Brumbies No.8 Ita Vaea said the team is looking forward to beginning their Super Rugby season against the team who ended their 2015 campaign.

The Brumbies ran into a red-hot Hurricanes in last year's Super Rugby semifinal in Wellington, the New Zealand franchise running out comprehensive victors 29-9 - ending the Brumbies season.

With a number of international players in this year's squad the Brumbies will be hoping they are able to make the next step in 2016.

Vaea said the game was a good opportunity to get one back on the Hurricanes.

"It will be great to start with a rematch," Vaea said in an interview on the Brumbies' website.

"We're still very disappointed from the semifinal last year, but this year is a new year and we're all looking forward to going out there and coming away with the four points."

The Hurricanes have also been dealt a late injury blow, with new captain Dane Coles ruled of the 2016 season-opener against the Brumbies after suffering a calf strain near the end of training on Wednesday.

Having missed the Hurricanes' pre-season matches due to a hamstring string strain, Coles' latest injury setback will put some early pressure on last year's beaten finalists.

Coles' experience would have come in handy, given that the Hurricanes have lost some fine players and influential characters in the off-season - men like Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Jeremy Thrush and Ben Franks.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it was going to be a big challenge in Canberra.

"There are still a couple of guys on the sidelines, but I'm more than happy with the squad we will run out against the Brumbies," Boyd said.

"The guys have put in some hard yards over the preseason and they've worked very hard. A lot of the guys put their hands up against the Crusaders last week in Blenheim, but we know that won't count for much if we can't carry that momentum into the season proper."

Recent results.
2015: Hurricanes won 29-9, Wellington (semifinal)
2014: Brumbies won 29-21, Wellington
2013: Brumbies won 30-23, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 37-25, Wellington
2011: Brumbies won 17-16, Canberra
2010: Hurricanes won 23-13, Canberra

Prediction. The Brumbies have won four of their last five matches against the Hurricanes, though the New Zealand side snapped a four game losing streak with a 29-9 victory in their last encounter. The Brumbies have won 13 of their last 16 matches at home in Super Rugby, never losing consecutive such fixtures in that run, though their last home match was a 24-37 loss to the Crusaders. The Hurricanes lost only twice in the 2015 regular season. No team has lost fewer since the Crusaders lost just once in the 2006 season. The Hurricanes scored 23 tries from possessions originating in their own half of the field in 2015, the most of any team while the Brumbies scored the fewest (two). The Canes averaged more metres, carries, breaks and defenders beaten per game than any other side last year as well as maintaining the best scrum success rate (95 percent). Key personnel losses and having to travel across the Tasman Sea will ensure the Hurricanes are under pressure. The Brumbies are a settled and fancied to secure a win that could approach double digits.

Teams.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Allan Alaalatoa.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Otere Black, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Cheetahs v Jaguares
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off. 19.00; 14.00 Argentina time; 17.00 GMT)

With a matchday 23 that includes 21 Test players, there is now doubt the Argentineans are overwhelming favourites on paper.

The Cheetahs, in stark contrast, will field a very youthful side as new coach Franco Smith continues the rebuilding phase started in last year's Currie Cup.

Despite their apparent superiority, the Jaguares are somewhat apprehensive.

"The Cheetahs are evolving as a team and it is our debut in the tournament, which brings with it some anxiety," Jaguares coach Raúl Perez said.

"We are well prepared and aware of what can happen."

He felt the Cheetahs would play with freedom, as they do not have the weight of expectation on them.

Perez said they have made some adjustments from their pre-season outings - which included a loss to the Stormers and a win over the Lions.

"We always try to evolve and from game to game we will be adjusting our system."

The key for the Cheetahs will be Springbok lock Lodewyk de Jager, who is expected to be named South African Player of the Year for 2015 on Thursday.

"He's brought good attitude," Smith said about the star lock.

The coach added that he will not be adding pressure on the players by setting unrealistic goals.

"We've just got to go out there and play to our strengths and please our crowd," Smith said, adding: "I think that is going to be the most important thing."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before

Prediction: The Cheetahs have won only three of their last 17 matches against teams from outside of South Africa. After winning their final match of the 2015 season the Cheetahs will be looking to secure consecutive victories for the first time since their opening two matches last season. The Cheetahs made an average of 133 tackles per game last season, nine more than any other team in the competition (Hurricanes 124). The Cheetahs (33.2) were the only team last season to concede an average of more than 30 points per game despite being ranked right in the middle of the pack (eighth) for tackling efficiency (86 percent). The Cheetahs have won only two of their last eight matches hosting a team from outside of South Africa on home soil in the Super Rugby and not since Round 19, 2013 have they won such a fixture by more than six points. The Cheetahs will have their work cut out and the Jaguares should win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Paul Schoeman, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Orlando.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Jaguares start with nailbiting win

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:56

REPORT: Super Rugby newcomers the Jaguares of Argentina started their campaign with a nailbiting 34-33 win over a willing Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The teams scored four tries each, but Argentinian superstar flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez slotted a drop-goal in the 71st minute to secure the win.

It was the best of rugby; it was the worst of rugby - to steal Charles Dickens's idea. There was much to be excited about and  some to  find reprehensible.

It is devoutly to be wished that the Jaguares find far more self-control and better manners on the field. Too much that happened was unacceptable within the mores of Super Rugby - not just the two yellow cards and a possible third but the emotional flare-ups and the desire of so many players to referee. They are too noisy.

But what was delightful was their desire to run with the ball and support each other, as exemplified in that thrilling try that Martín Landajo scored, a try that started 80 metres downfield. And then there was their exquisite footwork, even from hooker Agustín Creevy as he lumbered towards the line. But it is so wonderful to see players beat an opponent by avoiding him and not seeking him out to bang into him. It is so good to see a player pass to put a team-mate away. Ands lots of them could do all of that.

Also impressive was their kicking - kicking to get profit from it not just a mindless banging downfield. The difference between the kicking and the receipt of kicks was chalk and cheese. The Cheetahs did both poorly, the Jaguares both splendidly.

It was their positive attitude that enabled the Jaguares to recover from 24-3 down to win this match in Bloemfontein.

But at the same time one should doff a humble hat to the Cheetahs. They took on a team with 21 Test players (Pumas) in their squad of 23. They had 11 players who played in the 2015 Rugby World Cup when they ended fourth behind New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, a team that smashed Ireland 43-20 in the quarterfinal. The Cheetahs took them on and lost by one meagre point, despite missing out on 13 points' worth of kicks at goal themselves.

It was certainly an interesting match, thrilling and annoying and even when it was annoying it was interesting.

The Jaguares played in orange jerseys, the Cheetahs in mainly black. Before the match started there was a minute's silence to honour the recently departed Springbok and former Free State captain, Klippies Kritzinger.

The Cheetahs were first penalised and Sánchez, the top points' scorer at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, missed - his only miss of the evening. The penalty count in the match was interesting - 13-6 to Jaguares but later in the match the Argentinians preferred attacking line-outs to kicks at goal.

Early in the match Raymond Rhule went on a fast and sinewy run but lacked support and was penalised. And when the Cheetahs' try came it was courtesy of a Sánchez error.

The Jaguares won a line-out and Sánchez ballooned a pass to his left which Francois Venter intercepted and off the powerful centre raced some 70 metres to the posts. 7-0 after 10 minutes, but the Cheetahs bungled the kick-off and were penalised. This time Sánchez goaled. 7-3 after 12 minutes.

A second intercept nearly brought another try for the Cheetahs. This time it was Sergeal Petersen who intercepted on the left in his own half and was brought down right at the Jaguares' goal-line where Sánchez used illegal means to prevent the scoring of a try and was yellowcarded. The Cheetahs won a five-metre line-out and peeled around the front. Torsten van Jaarsveld was in the act of scoring when Landajo kicked at the ball (and Van Jaarsveld's head). The law specifically forbids such an act because it is dangerous and therefore foul play. Off Landajo went to the sin bin and the referee awarded a penalty try. 14-3 after 18 minutes with both Jaguares fullbacks sitting next to each other in the sin bin.

Back came the 15 men to attack the 13, and they threw deep into a line-out in Jaguares territory. The Cheetahs seemed about to go left when Fred Zeilinga switched to the right drew a man and sent Van Jaarsveld over for a try. Zeilinga missed the easy conversion.  19-3 after 23 minutes.

A great run down the midfield by Lood de Jager set the Cheetahs on the attack and they were bashing at the line. Rhule threw a cleverly lobbed pass to unmarked William Small-Smith who scored in the left corner. Well after he had scored lock Tomás Lavanini slid at him with a leading knee, which may well have earned his side a third yellow card. 24-3 after 24 minutes.

Then the halfbacks came on and the Jaguares set about improving their situation.

A penalty produced an attacking maul. Creevy broke away from it, beat a Cheetah with nimble footwork and flicked an underarm pass to Landajo who scored. 24-10.

Another penalty, another maul and this time Creevy scored. 24-17, which was the half-time score.

It as Sánchez's skill which drew the scores level. The Jaguares were between the Cheetahs 22 and the half-way line when he kicked a perfectly weighted diagonal to the right where tall Leonardo Senatore caught the ball and played it infield to Rodrigo Báez who scored. 24-24.

The Cheetahs looked certain to score as they raced down the left but Santiago Cordero, he of the best dancing feet of all, tackled Rhule into touch.

Zeilinga goaled two penalties and the Cheetahs led 30-24 after 55 minutes.

The Jaguares attacked but lost the ball inside the Cheetahs 22. Rhule got the ball and hoofed it far downfield and raced after it. Emiliano Boffelli got the ball but Rhule ankletapped him. Boffelli got up and gave to stocky Matías Orlando who raced downfield, swerving and beating Cheetahs till he gave inside to Landajo who raced the last 25 metres, swerving away from defenders to score near the posts.

It was a try to savour, and the Jaguares led 31-30 with 15 minutes to play.

Sánchez dropped a goal and it was 34-30 with 10 minutes to play.

Niel Marais goaled a penalty and it was 34-33 with seven minutes to play.

Deep in their half the Cheetahs got the ball and were making ground upfield when for the 11th time in the match they were penalised at the tackle. The Jaguares kicked out, and they had won the very first Super Rugby match that they had ever played.

Man of the Match: It has to be one of those dancing feet and we have chosen the least likely of them - the burly captain and hooker Agustín Creevy, not just for his footwork but for his nonstop, effective work in his team's service.

The scorers:

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
Venter, Van Jaarsveld, Small-Smith, Penalty try
Cons: Zeilinga 2
Pens: Zeilinga 2, Marais

For the Jaguares:
Tries:
Landajo 2, Creevy, Baez
Cons: Sanchez 4
Pen: Sanchez
DG: Sanchez

Yellow card: Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares, 16 - professional foul, playing the ball on the ground), Martin Landajo (Jaguares, 18 - foul play, kicking the ball out of a player's hand and making contact with the head)

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Paul Schoeman, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Orlando.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Francois Venter (11min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (22min), and William Small-Smith (25min)
TRIES
Martin Landajo (30min), Agustin Creevy (35min), Rodrigo Baez (44min), and Martin Landajo (65min)
Fred Zeilinga (11min) and Fred Zeilinga (19min)
CONVERSIONS
Nicolas Sánchez (31min), Nicolas Sánchez (36min), Nicolas Sánchez (45min), and Nicolas Sánchez (66min)
Fred Zeilinga (50min), Fred Zeilinga (56min), and Niel Marais (74min)
PENALTIES
Nicolas Sánchez (13min)
18min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Nicolas Sánchez (71min)
 
Nicolas Sánchez (18min) and Martin Landajo (18min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Stuart Berry (South Africa)