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Super Rugby | Buenos Aires
21:40 (GMT) | 02-07-2016
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The horn sounds and the ball is cleared after the scrum to end the game. FULL TIME
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The referee blows after the ball is lost forward by the Bulls. All things considered the Bulls will insist the conditions worked against them.
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Kriel brought down seconds after he makes contact with the ball. The Jaguares has had his number all game. The Bulls desperately trying to find something else to take home. Schoeman kicks into touch after a penalty. Line-out at the 5 of the Jags
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The ball kicked into touch but the referee refers to the TMO fro a dangerous tackle on a Bulls player. Schoeman kicks into touch and the Bulls have a line-out inside the 22
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The ball is lost in contact by Jenkins and the Jags clear the ball. Ulengo runs forward in possession and sends it up field before getting brought down
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Schoeman trying his best to slip through the defence but the Jags having none of it. The Bulls still in possession in their 10th phase now
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The referee moves the scrum up field a bit to avoid the destroyed pitch. Bothma takes it from the scrum and tries to go solo but the Jags defence read it well and. They stop him and the ball is cleared into touch
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward after the scrum this time by Landajo and the Bulls now have a scrum at the same location; the 5 of the Jags
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The Bulls now inside the 22 rushing to the 5 with Bothma. The ball is knocked forward and the referee blows for a scrum at the 5
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The Jags move the ball up field after the line-out and the Bulls scramble up field to defend. The ball is lobbed forward by the Bulls and they chase but the Jags defends well
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The Bulls find themselves inside the Jags' half making ground inside the 22 but the referee blows for a high tackle and the referee has a word with Labuschagne. Landajo kicks into touch just past the half way
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Sanchez secures the extras
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Landojo slips it in and they again shove their ways forward. The referee blows for a penalty to the Jags and Sanchez again with a opportunity to score 3 points
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Line-out after the reset kick. The ball is lobbed forward and the Bulls try to control it but it's lost forward. Scrum inside the Bulls half
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Sanchez kicks another over to add 3 points
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The ball moving between players quickly but it;s lost by the Bulls. The Jags get the ball and move forward to make it inside the 22 when the referee blows fro another Bulls infringement by Jenkins
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The reset kick is deep into the Bulls' half. The ball is cleared as a reply. Crevvy to Petti, the Jaguares with some quick, close-range passes. The referee halts their attack fro a penalty to the Bulls. Scrum at the half way
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Brummer sets up shop for a kick from a difficult angle. It just sails wide
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Both sets of players pushing and shoving in the maul. A seemingly aggressive bit of play by both sets of players but van Zyl slips and slides over the line landing the Bulls their first TRY
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Brummer kicks into touch inside the 22
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The ball is cleared by Landajo after the restart. The Bulls in trouble now. Line-out to the Bulls at the mid field. Schoeman trying to break through the defensive lines of the Jags but they hold firm.
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Sanchez with a difficult angle and it looks to be going down the middle of the posts but it just curls away
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The Jags force their way over the line again and Creevy gets his second of the night. TRY
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Line-out deep inside the Bulls half again. They move forward in the maul and the referee blows for another penalty to the Jaguares. Landajo kicks into touch at the 5 and will certainly look for the maul
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Landajo taking the penalty instead of Sanchez. He kicks it wide
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Line-out and taken down by Orie. Maku attempts to push forward. The referee blows for a penalty to the Jags again. The Bulls with slopping defending, conditions aside
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Both teams finding it hard to move forward from open play. The Jags brushing the Bulls players aside as they look to muscle their way over the line. The referee blows as they reach the 5 meter. Penalty to the Bulls and Brummer clears
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Petti tapping the ball down in the line-out. The referee blows for a penalty to the Jags. The ball is cleared into touch
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Brummer gets it after the line-out and clears into touch. Line-out for the hosts this time
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Brummer kicks froward and Tuculet clears after getting t from the ruck. Marais again does the same and the Bulls try to move forward but concede a penalty. The ball is cleared into touch inside the Bulls 22
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Landajo takes it from the scrum and the players trying to break up a little tussle between the players. Penalty to the Jags and Sanchez focuses. He gets the 3 points.
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The referee blows for a scrum inside the Bulls' half
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Van der Merwe powering through abut loses it. The ball is kicked forward by Landajo. Ismaiel races back as the ball roles over the try line to save a certain try. Brummer clears but Tuculet does the same
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Line-out for the Bulls at the half way and the Bulls try to move forward int he maul but dismantle it shortly afterwards. The ball is sent down field and then lost. De La Fuente under pressure in his own half. The Jags get the ball and the ball is cleared. The Bulls turnover but lose it shortly after. Sanchez makes a break for it down his right wing. He tries to send it back for support but finds himself alone. Bulls in possession and Paige clears
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The second half is underway and Brummer kicks it rather short just reaching the 22

Half Time

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Paige kicks forward and the chase is there but it finds touch. The referee blows his whistle for HALF TIME
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The Jags get the ball in the scrum just barely. Marais boots it back to the Jagaures' half and into touch. Line-out at the 10 of the hosts
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Labuschagne gathering his forward to discuss tactics. Scrum inside the Jags' half
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Bothma trying to force his way through but the Jags are having none of it. Marais stepping and making it past 2 before being brought down.
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Petti takes the ball down from a line-out. The referee stops a driving maul of the Jags for a penalty to the Bulls. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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Paige clears after getting it from the ruck. The chase by Ismaiel is there but the referee gives a penalty to the Jags fro an infringement by van der Merwe
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The reset kick is lost forward and the referee calls for a scrum at the 22 of the Bulls
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Penalty to the Bulls at the 22 and Brummer sets up again. He secures the 3 points this time around
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Petti takes it down from the line-out and Matera drives forward. Ulengo gets it and makes a good few meters with a pair of arms around his waist. Landajo gets the loose ball and sends it to his lock Lavaninni who goes crashing into the Bulls front line
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Sanchez gets it from the scrum and clears. Marais does the same and the ball is caught by Tuculet. who also clears. This time Brummer clears and the ball goes into touch at the 22 of the Jags
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Sanchez with a wobbly kick forward but caught by Ismaiel. He moves it up field but the referee blows after the chase contest; knock-on. Scrum around the half way
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Landajo clears after the line-out and the Bulls look to try again. Paige sends it up field and the referee blows for offside against the Jags. Brummer lines up his shot and misses from just outside the 22
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The Bulls try a driving maul of their own. The Jags push the Bulls back and tackle the ball into touch. Line-out to the Jags around their 5 meter
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Orie takes the ball down nicely from the line-out. The Bulls attempting a driving maul but get nothing. Odendaal went down while carrying and stayed down clutching his shoulder. He makes his way off the field. Marais kicks into touch at the 5 of the Jags
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Landajo sends it down field to Leguizamon who tries to brush the Bulls players aside. Sanchez gets it and kicks forward. The ball drifts in the air and bounces into touch. Line-out to the Bulls
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Brummer with the reset kick into the 22 of the Jags. Line-out shortly after for the Bulls. The visitors move the ball up field and then kick forward but lose the ball. De La Fuente gets it and clears his lines. The Bulls come again with Paige
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Sanchez fails to add the extras
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The Jags bombing forward in a maul from the 5 meter and Creevy gets the TRY after the Bulls just decided to take a nap at the line-out
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Bulls tackler not rolling away and Tuculet kicks into touch at the 5 of the Bulls
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Line-out at the 10 of the Bulls. The ball bounces into touch at the half way line for the Bulls
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Scrum inside the 22 of the Jaguares. Landajo gives it to Sanchez and he kicks into touch at the half way
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Ulengo loses the ball forward after getting a pass from Paige
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Kriel carrying forward they continue in the ruck but the referee stops play. Scrum at the 22 of the Jaguares again but up field this time
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The reset kick sees the Bulls rush forward. Scrum at the 22 of the Jags as they discuss among themselves their plans to get back ahead.
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Sanchez adds the extras
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The reset kick is caught by Leguizamon and he runs a goo few meters before being brought down. They move the ball forward with incredible pace and make it in front of the 5. Cordero gets it, twisting and turning before being brought down. Matera makes it over the line and scores the TRY
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Penalty to the Jags, Brummer offside. Sanchez decides the position is within his range and sets up for a penalty kick. He takes it and secures the 3 points
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The field tearing up already. The referee calls for the scrum to be reset
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The reset kick is lost forward after the attempted catch. Scrum to the hosts.
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Brummer sets up his first kick and gets the three points
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Line-out at the 22 of the Jags and the Bulls move forward in the maul. Maku trying to power through the defence but to no avail. The ruck is there and the Bulls look for a patient buildup. The referee blows for a offside by the Jagaures. Penalty inside the 22
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The ball is lost at the throw and the Bulls pounce. The referee blows for offside. Penalty to the Bulls and the ball is kicked into touch
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The Jags pushing the Bulls back in the scrum but the ball is turned over and Paige clears
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Early shove by the Bulls and the Jags get the ball. They move forward and Lavaninni carries forward. Odendaal with a try saving tackle behind the goal line. The referee blows and the hosts have a scrum at the 5 of the Bulls
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Landajo kicks forward after the ruck at his 10. Marais fails to catch the ball, the conditions showing their hand early in the fixture. Scrum inside the Bull's half
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Line-out at the 10 of the Jags. The Jags steal the ball and they start their attack from their own half. Sanchez kicks forward and the Bulls start an attack of their own but it's lost
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Craig Joubert blows and the game is underway. Sanchez kicks it deep
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The players now readying themselves on the field
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A cold and wet evening in Buenos Aires. This fixture begs handling errors and slips from both teams
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The Bulls have missed just 14.8 tackles per game this season, the fewest of any team, and boast the best tackle success rate (88 percent) in Super Rugby 2016. Nicolas Sanchez has scored 45.4 percent (64/141) of the Jaguares' points in their last four fixtures, including 17 points in each of his last two appearances
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The Jaguares and Bulls have never faced off before. The Bulls have won only two of their last 15 games outside South Africa while the Jaguares have won one of four Super Rugby games on home soil, but never by more than five points
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Welcome to Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires where the Jaguares prepare for a head on collision with the Bulls
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  • 1 Nahuel Chaparro
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Ramiro Herrera
  • 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • 5 Tomas Lavaninni
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Juan Manual Leguizamon
  • 8 Facundo Isa
  • 9 Martin Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sánchez
  • 11 Manuel Montero
  • 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • 13 Matias Moroni
  • 14 Santiago Cordero
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 18 Enrique Pieretto
  • 19 Ignacio Larrague
  • 20 Javier Desio
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 22 Matias Orlando
  • 23 Lucas Gonzales Amorosino
  • 1 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 2 Bandise Maku
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 4 Jason Jenkins
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 Roelof Smit
  • 7 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 10 Francois Brummer
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Travis Ismaiel
  • 15 SP Marais
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Pierre Schoeman
  • 18 Jannes Kirsten
  • 19 Renaldo Bothma
  • 20 Piet van Zyl
  • 21 Tian Schoeman
  • 22 Dries Swanepoel
  • 23 Werner Kruger
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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:02

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 15.

Most of the focus on Saturday will be on the all-South African derby between the Lions, on 42 points, and the Sharks (35) - a game that could decide the Africa One conference.

With the Stormers (on 36 points and second on the overall Africa standings) playing the Rebels in Melbourne earlier in the day, the Lions will still top the standings.

However, a win for the Lions - coupled with a defeat for the Stormers - could see the men from Johannesburg wrap up first place in the Africa standings with two rounds of league action remaining.

Sharks are striving to stay ahead of the Bulls in the race for a wildcard entry to the play-offs.

The Bulls, only three points adrift of the Sharks, have what should be an easier assignment against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

A win in Argentina will have the Bulls in line to take over the Africa Two conference should the Stormers - with Schalk Burger taking over the captaincy from co-skippers Juan de Jongh (on Sevens duty) and Frans Malherbe (neck injury) - fall to the Rebels.

In other Saturday matches the Hurricanes face the Blues, the Cheetahs are at home in Bloemfontein to Western Force and the Highlanders are away to the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Saturday, July 2:
The challenge for all teams is to get themselves up and running straight away after the four-week June break.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson admitted it is a 'must win' match for his side as they look to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The determination to get out the blocks quickly is reflected in his team selection.

Wallaby Taqele Naiyaravoro has been injected straight back into the Waratahs starting line-up, following his return from the Glasgow Warriors, for this historic clash against the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

Gibson has also named Wallabies Michael Hooper, Will Skeleton, Dean Mumm, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau in the starting XV.  

"We have the challenge of winning our next three games," Gibson said.

"The formula is very simple - we must win all three our games and then we qualify [for the play-offs] through the conference system. Otherwise we chase a wildcard spot."

He described the Sunwolves as a team that play and "exciting" brand and have performed well at home.

Veteran loose forward Dave Dennis said the players know what they are capable of as team and how they want to play.

"We want to be nice and physical and attack with ball in hand," Dennis said, adding that there is a lot to play for.

"Next week we are back here [Sydney] against a very strong Hurricanes team in our last home match [before the play-offs].

"There is a really good feeling in the group.

"If we play Waratahs rugby and we are positive in the way we want to play, we can get the desired result."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Sunwolves have conceded a combined 101 points in their last two Super Rugby fixtures, both of which were against Australian opposition. The Waratahs have won three of their last four fixtures away from home, though two of those three wins were by only two points. Israel Folau is the only player in the competition to have gained more than 1,000 metres so far this season and has made 320m more than the Sunwolves' highest gainer Riaan Viljoen (684 metres). Nick Phipps has assisted eight tries so far this season, the most of any Australia-based player and the fourth most in Super Rugby 2016. Akihito Yamada has made 22 clean breaks so far this season, only one shy of league-best Joseph Tomane (23) who remains on the sidelines. The Waratahs will; simply be too good for a hapless Sunwolves team - which may put up some initial resistance and could be on the receiving end of a hiding - 30 points or more.


Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Naohiro Kotaki, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 Shinnosuke Katinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Shokel Kin, 21 Yuki Yatomi 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Hajime Yamashita.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.       
Replacements - from: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Ned Hanigan, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 David Horwitz, 24 Tolu Latu, 25 Matt Carraro.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Aki Aso (Japan), Noriaki Hashimoto (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)

Expect no mercy. Not only is it an all-New Zealand derby - which brings with it a level of physicality that few other games produce - but with just three weeks remaining there is plenty at stake for both teams.

The Hurricanes are still in with a realistic chance of topping the table, as they did last year, but that would mean winning all three their remaining matches - against the Blues, Waratahs and Crusaders.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is confident his team is on the right track.

"We felt like we were building some good momentum when the competition stopped for the June internationals and clearly we'll be hoping to pick up where we left off, so continuity is important," Boyd said.

"Our All Blacks have all come back in really good nick and they've slipped right back into our environment which has been great.

"The challenge for everyone is getting back into competition mode after a month off, but we believe we've prepared well over the break.

"We had a good, tough hit out against Melbourne Rebels last week and we've trained well as a group.

"The guys can't wait to get back out on there in front of their home crowd."

Boyd said the Blues presented a significant test.

"They are a quality side with attacking threats right across the park, so we know we will have to be at our best if we want to compete."

Blues captain James Parsons said they had a big focus on the mental side of the game, especially being a young side.

"We need to deal with the pressure of Super Rugby," he said, adding: "We have been training very well, but we are just not getting the finished product."

Like the Hurricanes, the Blues are also getting a few All Blacks back into the fold.

"It [Test rugby] is at a much higher level [than Super Rugby] and they would have gotten a lot of value out of that," Parsons said of the All Blacks' three-nil series weep of Wales.

"Hopefully they can bring back that enthusiasm and energy from the black jersey into the blue jersey.

"Both teams - the Blues and Hurricanes- have a lot to play for."

The Blues - who face the Hurricanes, Brumbies and Waratahs - have an outside chance of slipping into one of the wildcard spots.

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 23-19, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 29-5, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 30-23, Palmerston North
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington
2013: Blues won 28-6, Auckland
2013: Blues won 34-20, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last three games against the Blues but have never won four on the bounce against their conference rivals. The Hurricanes haven't lost a home fixture by more than eight points since their first game of the 2013 season against the Blues (20-34). Only once in their last 24 Super Rugby fixtures have the Blues lost a game after leading at half-time, though that result came in their Round 14 clash against the Crusaders. The Hurricanes have conceded only 19 points in the opening halves of their last four games (4.75 per game), including holding the Highlanders to nil in their last fixture. Eight of the Blues 12 games so far this season have been decided by the value of a converted try or less and only one of the four that hasn't was against a fellow New Zealand opponent. The Hurricanes should have too much firepower for the visitors, but the margin is unlikely to be much more than 12 points.


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lambourn, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason Woodward.

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Male S'au, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti/Hoani Matenga, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Matt Vaega/Lolagi Visinia.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

The Rebels have an outside chance, and rely on other results to go their way, while the Stormers have their play-off prospects in their own hands.

However, that outside chance is enough to ensure the Melbourne-based franchise won't lack motivation.

Apart from the Stormers, the Rebels face the Crusaders and Reds in their final run-in.

"We've got a lot to play for," Rebels coach Tony McGahan said.

"We've got an opportunity over the next three games to do well and have our best ever season in the competition.

"The players have had a really good couple of weeks, had a good hit out against the Hurricanes [in a friendly] last Thursday, and two really good sessions so far this week.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to play our last home game of the season this weekend and do well."

Boasting international Test representatives across the field, the dangerous Stormers sit in second place in South Africa when they return to Melbourne for the first time since 2013.

"The Stormers are going really well and have nine guys with Springbok experience," McGahan said.

"The Stormers are one of the top two sides in South Africa in their conference system so they're really gunning for finals.

"With only three games left in the competition, this weekend represents a great one."

Previous results:
2015: Stormers won 31-15, Cape Town
2013: Rebels won 30-21, Melbourne
2012: Stormers won 26-21, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 40-3, Melbourne

Prediction: The Stormers have won three of their four encounters with the Rebels with their only blemish coming in a 30-21 loss in Round 14, 2013. The Rebels are winless in four straight games, their longest streak since they ended their 2014 season with five consecutive defeats. The Stormers have won on their last two trips to Australia, including a win against the Waratahs in Round Nine when they were trailing at half-time. The Stormers remain as one of only two teams this season (Sharks) who are yet to concede 10 tries in any quarter of games. Sean McMahon has beaten 43 defenders in this campaign, the third most of any player and more than any other forward. It may not be pretty, but the Stormers should sneak a win - certainly by less than 10 points.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Jonah Placid, 13 Sefa Naivalu, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Colby Fainga'a, 7 Sean McMahon (captain), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Toby Smith, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cruze Ah Nau.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Adam Thomson, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Mitch Inman, 23 Paul Asquith.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Scott van Breda.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Amy Perrett (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Unlike most of the other games, this match is not about the race for places in the play-offs.

The sideshow to the main competition is that the Force arrived in Bloemfontein with an interim head coach - South African Dave Wessels - after Michael Foley was shown the door during the June break.

His departure was the result of a horror run by the Force, which saw them win only two matches in 12 starts.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith said this week whenever there is a change in the coaching team it brings new energy to a side.

The new Force mentor, Wessels, acknowledges that there are two main themes heading into the match - the axing of Foley and the next three weeks of league action.

"The players recognise that we have been pretty close to an outcome [win] in the last few games," Wessels said of a 13-17 loss to the Blues and a 22-27 defeat against the Rebels - just before the June break.

"They [the players] are all on board [with the new coaching structure] and are going to fight pretty hard these last three games," Wessels added.

In a huge boost for the Force, the team welcomes back playmaker Jono Lance in the No.10 jersey after a 14 week stint on the sidelines, after tearing his pectoral muscle.

The Cheetahs coach, Smith, admitted that Lance will be a key player.

"It would be interesting to see what impact the flyhalf [Jono Lance] will have on the game," Smith said, adding: "He is certainly one of the players to watch."

The Cheetahs are without two injured players - Springbok lock Lodewyk de Jager and prop Charles Marais.

However, Smith is confident his team will get the desired result - a win.

"What I am looking for is a more mature performance," he said.

"Against the Stormers [a 24-31 loss in Cape Town just before the June break] we showed that we are no longer panicking as much on the field.

"We are looking for more accuracy on attack and to also work hard on the breakdown.

"Our defence has also improved dramatically throughout the competition," Smith said, adding that the break has done the players good.

Recent results:
2015: Cheetahs won 24-15, Perth
2014: Force won 23-16, Bloemfontein
2013: Cheetahs won 19-10, Perth
2012: Cheetahs won 17-13, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs won 29-14, Bloemfontein
2009: Force won 16-10, Perth

Prediction: Despite not scoring more than nine points in an opening half against the Force since 2010, the Cheetahs have won four of their last five games against the Western Australian side. The Cheetahs have won their last two home games by a combined margin of 89 points and a third straight home win would equal the club record in Super Rugby. The Western Force have won on only one of their last nine expeditions to South Africa, though that victory was against the Cheetahs in Round 13, 2014. The Force have the best goal kicking conversion rate (90 percent) of any side in Super Rugby this season. Sergeal Petersen (63 carries) has made an average gain of 11.5 metres per carry, the most of any player in the competition who has made more than 10 carries. It will be closely contested encounter, with the Cheetahs sneaking a late winner - by five points.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, (captain),12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 George Whitehead, 23 William Small-Smith.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett–Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Solomoni Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Pek Cowan (captain).
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Semisi Masirewa.

Referee: Kubo Shuhei (Japan)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Lions coach Johan Ackermann said the biggest positive for his team, going into the day's biggest derby, is that their destiny is still in their own hands.

They top the combined Africa One and Two conference table and even if they lose, they will remain at the top of those standings.

However, the Lions are determined to get back on the heights they were on before the June break.

Apart from captain Warren Whiteley - whose season came to an abrupt end when he injured his shoulder against Ireland - Ackermann was able to call on all his Springboks and South African A team players.

"We had to manage the players that came back, but they slotted back in pretty quickly," the coach said.

"What they achieved [to play for the Boks and the South African A team] was great, but they have a big job to do on Saturday.

"Hopefully everybody's heads are in the right space on Saturday," Ackermann said, adding that as it is a home game, it is vital to win and get the momentum back from where they left off before June.

"We know it will be a massive challenge. The Sharks beat the Hurricanes, who gave us a hiding. The Sharks are still one of the top teams in South Africa and it won't be necessary for me to tell the players how important this game is."

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said they hope to "ask some questions" of the Lions, whom he described as a "fantastic" team.

"We have a huge amount of respect for them," Gold said of the table-topping Lions.

"We know how good they are with ball in hand and the questions they ask on defence.

"We want to focus our attention on our own game and our players have returned to training in high spirits with renewed energy and focus.

"It is important for us to utilise our opportunities and ask questions of our own. The set-piece battle is going to be important and it will lay the foundation for us to launch our attacks off.

"It's crunch time in the competition and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing an in-form Lions team. We remain committed to improving from where we left off before the June break."

Recent results:
2016: Lions won 24-9, Durban
2015: Lions won 23-21, Johannesburg
2015: Sharks won 29-12, Durban
2014: Sharks won 25-12, Johannesburg
2014: Sharks won 37-23, Durban
2012: Lions won 38-28, Johannesburg
2012: Sharks won 32-20, Durban

Prediction: The last six games between these sides have seen both pick up three victories, only one of those games has seen a single digit margin of victory however. The Lions have won their last three games each by a margin of 28 points or more, the last time they won more games in succession was in Round 11, 2015 (five games). Not since the opening round of the 2016 campaign has a Sharks away fixture been decided by more than five points. The Sharks have conceded an average of only 7.4 clean breaks per game, the fewest of any team, though they face a Lions team which averages more clean breaks (11.8) than any other South African team. The Lions are only three first-half points away from becoming the first team this season to have scored 200 points in each stanza (197 points in first half, 222 points in second half). It is a tough call, but the Lions may have just too much class and a couple of scored in the second half could see the winning margin creep into double digits.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Jon-Paul Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Sibusiso Sithole.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Pro Legoete
TMO: Johan Greeff

The Southern Kings promised the Highlanders that they would give them a "run for their money" on Saturday.

Kings coach Deon Davids said their return to Super Rugby has made 2016 a very special year and they are going to "give it a full go" in the last three matches of the season.

"We want to go out there and give everything we have," Davids said, adding: "No doubt the guys will pitch up on Saturday.

"After this match we then go into two tough games - against the Lions at Ellis Park next Friday and the Stormers at Newlands.

"We all understand what awaits us. We've faced a lot of challenges this year and I feel the players stood up in the face of those challenges."

Even though the Highlanders arrived in South Africa without five All Blacks, Davids does not see that as a sign of disrespect.

"They have their own reasons why they did not select their All Blacks, but for us it is all about this [the Kings] team."

Highlanders back Marty Banks also dismissed the notion that the Highlanders are disrespecting a Kings team stuck at the bottom of the table.

"There is no complacency issue around with not having the All Blacks," Banks told the Otago Daily Times.

"There is a new leadership group with the team and they are setting the standards for the team,'' Banks added.

"We want to put in a good performance and be in a good place when they [All Blacks] come back in.''

Previous result:
2013: Kings won 34-27, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Kinds earned a 34-27 victory in the last and only time they faced the Highlanders in Super Rugby (Round 13, 2013). A 29-22 win over the Jaguares in their last fixture means that the Kings have a shot at back-to-back wins for the first time in Super Rugby history. A 45-24 victory against the Cheetahs in Round 14 means that the Highlanders will be looking for consecutive wins in South Africa for the first time in over a decade (Round Four, 2006). The Highlanders have conceded only two tries after conceding a turnover so far this season, the equal fewest of any team while the Kings have conceded 17 from the same method, the second most. Cyril-John Velleman has won 17 turnovers this campaign, the most of any South African player and the equal second most of any player in the league. The Highlanders have too much dept and even without their All Blacks should win by 15 points.


Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Justin Ackerman, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu.

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Te Aihe Toma, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Shane Christie (captain), 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23. Patrick Osborne.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Discipline is going to be key for the Bulls if they are to achieve their goal and keep their play-off dream alive.

The Jaguares have been the most carded (nine yellow and two red) and penalised team in Super Rugby.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais admitted that his team is facing a massive challenge against a near international team.

However, if they put pressure on the Argentineans and force them into errors, that infamous Latin temperament may come to the fore and result in penalties.

"I know they have disciplinary issues," Marais said.

"I hope that Craig [Joubert, the referee] sees that as well.

"They've had some disciplinary issues throughout the season and the past weekend [Argentina's national side] against France they again had some issues."

"Hopefully we can capitalise on their ill discipline.

"However, I am more concerned about what we need to do.

"We know we can't just score from mauls and our intensity needs to improve.

"We also expect it to be a match where the breakdowns are heavily contested, that is why I included Roelof [Smit] in the squad.

"We have Roelof and Lappies [Pieter Labuschagne] who can play towards the [ball on the] ground - that is going to be crucial for us."

The Bulls, who left South Africa on Wednesday, have to overcome a 22-hour marathon trip from Pretoria to Buenos Aires.

They were 12 hours in the plane from South Africa to Sao Palo in Brazil, where they had a five-hour lay-over and then another five-hour flight to Buenos Aires.

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Bulls are the only South African team that the Jaguares are yet to play against, though it's against South African teams that the Argentinian side have earned both of their Super Rugby wins. The Jaguares have won only one of four Super Rugby games on home soil, though they've never lost such a game by more than five points. The Bulls have won only two of their last 15 games outside South Africa, though nine of those 13 losses were by seven points or fewer. The Bulls have missed just 14.8 tackles per game this season, the fewest of any team, and boast the best tackle success rate (88 percent) in Super Rugby 2016. Nicolas Sanchez has scored 45.4 percent (64/141) of the Jaguares' points in their last four fixtures, including 17 points in each of his last two appearances. The Jaguares seem to be easily distracted and the Bulls have a real chance of recording an important away win. However, the margin will be in single digits.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Matias Orlando, 23 Lucas Gonzales Amorosino.

Bulls: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Dries Swanepoel, 23 Werner Kruger.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani


Compiled by Jan de Koning


* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Jaguares maul hapless Bulls

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:30

MATCH REPORT: The Jaguares recorded a convincing 29-11 SAuper Rugby win over a hapless Bulls team in a very wet Buenos Aires on Saturday.

In monsoon-like conditions - which made underfoot treacherous - the home team showed better tactical acumen.

The Jaguares looked to be enjoying the atrocious conditions and certainly showed better skills.

They used their maul to great effect - two of their tries coming from powerful line-out drives - one racing from over 20 metres out.

Captain Agustin Creevy score both the rolling maul tries.

The Bulls just could not cope with the conditions and made far too many errors, mostly unforced, and conceded far too many silly penalties.

The result - which put a serious dent in the Bulls' play-off hopes - is another away loss for the Bulls who have only won two matches in their last sixteen outside of South Africa.

The victory is the Jaguares third this season from 13 matches played.

The Bulls and the Sharks are in a race for the African conference Wild Card place and after this loss the Bulls could need the Cheetahs or Sunwolves to beat the Sharks if they are to remain in contention.

The Bulls trail the Sharks by three points and failed to take any points from their trip to Argentina.

Next week the Bulls return home to Pretoria - where they will host the Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld, while the Jaguares are at home again and will play the Highlanders.

Flyhalf Francois Brummer struck first in the 10th minute, when a Jaguares player was caught offside tracking back.

However, Nicolas Sánchez hit back soon after.

A minute later the Jaguares were over for the game's first try. It was a strong finish from flank Matera, who rolled over in the tackle. Sánchez added the simple conversion to give the Jaguares a 10-3 advantage which, in a played in these conditions, was a healthy lead.

In the 22nd minute that cushion was increased thanks to an excellent line-out drive that saw Creevy at the tail for a 20-odd metres surge. This time Sánchez was off-target from the right-hand side, meaning it was a 15-3 buffer with the Bulls now desperately needing a response.

They should have closed the gap on 30 minutes, but Brummer missed a simple penalty. He made no such mistake four minutes later - the hosts taking a 15-6 lead into the break.

Sánchez crucially got the first points of the second period, when he slotted a penalty after Rudy Paige made a high tackle on 48 minutes.

And when Creevy crossed for his second try, in similar style to his first, suddenly the hosts had raced into a 23-6 lead nearing the hour.

But then up stepped replacement scrumhalf Piet van Zyl for the Bulls, to give them hope when he fought his way over from a quick tap to make it 11-23 on 60 minutes.

With Brummer's missed conversion, the visitors still required two scores if they were to claim the win.

It wasn't to be as errors and a superior opposition on the night led to Sánchez kicking two further penalties that wrapped up the result.

Man of the match: Renaldo Bothma tried his heart out, after coming on as an early replacement, while Piet van Zyl brought the energy that was lacking when he came on in the second half. The Jaguares pack outmuscled the Bulls and bullied them up front. Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez controlled matters well, but our award goes to Jaguares scrumhalf Martin Landajo - for his skill and tactical acumen in the difficult conditions.

The scorers:

For the Jaguares:
Matera, Creevy 2
Con: Sanchez
Pens: Sanchez 4

For the Bulls:
Van Zyl
Pens: Brummer 2


Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Matias Orlando, 23 Lucas Gonzales Amorosino.

Bulls: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Dries Swanepoel, 23 Werner Kruger.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani

Pablo Matera (13min), Augustin Creevy (21min), and Augustin Creevy (55min)
Piet van Zyl (59min)
Nicolas Sánchez (14min)
Nicolas Sánchez (11min), Nicolas Sánchez (47min), Nicolas Sánchez (64min), and Nicolas Sánchez (67min)
Francois Brummer (8min) and Francois Brummer (33min)
VENUE Buenos Aires
REFEREE Craig Joubert (South Africa)