RECAP: Jaguares v Sharks
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby Round 17 between the Jaguares and Sharks at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.
The Sharks have performed better away from home this season, giving them hope that they can defeat South African conference leaders the Jaguares in Buenos Aires – something they have achieved twice before, in 2017 and 2016.
The Durban-based outfit has lost two of their six matches on the road, but five of eight at home – including a 34-point mauling by the Argentina side.
Sharks prop Thomas du Toit outlined the keys to beating the South Americans in their Estadio Jose Amalfitani fortress.
2019: Jaguares won 51-17, Durban
2018: Sharks won 20-10, Durban
2018: Jaguares won 29-13, Buenos Aires
2017: Sharks won 33-25, Buenos Aires
2017: Sharks won 18-13, Durban
Prediction: The Jaguares have won two of their last three matches against the Sharks, after losing their first four encounters in Super Rugby history. The Jaguares have won seven of their last eight Super Rugby games, including their last three on the bounce. The Sharks have lost just one of their four games outside South Africa in Super Rugby 2019, losing only to the Chiefs in that time. The Jaguares and Sharks have each conceded just nine clean breaks per game in Super Rugby 2019, the joint fewest in the competition alongside the ladder-leading Crusaders. Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jaguares) has stolen nine line-outs this Super Rugby campaign, the joint-most of any player in the competition and three more than Sharks’ best Hyron Andrews (six).
LIVE: Jaguares v Sharks
Kick-off: 16.40; 21.40 SA time; 19.40 GMT
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Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Francisco Gorrisen, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)