VIDEO: Jaguares completes historic tour sweep
After wins over the Rebels and Brumbies, the Argentinean franchise last week recorded their first Kiwi scalp – the Blues.
And on Friday in Rotorua, they completed the historic sweep by beating the Chiefs 23-19 in a game that saw the hosts reduced to 13 players midway through the second half.
In a tightly contested game, the men from Buenos Aires were full value for their win – as they dominated for large periods and eventually outscored their hosts two tries to one.
The result means the Jaguares consolidate second position in the South African Conference standings, while the Chiefs are still in fourth spot on the New Zealand Conference table.
The Chiefs did most of the early attacking and opened the scoring in the ninth minute courtesy of a Damian McKenzie penalty after the visitors strayed offside on defence.
The Jaguares had the better of the exchanges for the next 10 minutes and nearly scored the opening try when they took the ball through 16 phases, close to the Chiefs' try-line, but the home side kept them at bay with a superb defensive effort.
The Jaguares eventually opened their account in the 19th minute when Emiliano Boffelli slotted a penalty from 49 metres out, after Michael Allardice infringed at a breakdown.
Five minutes later, the Chiefs regained the lead when McKenzie added his second penalty after Santiago Garcia Botta was blown up for illegal scrummaging but the Jaguares were back in front by the 27th minute thanks to a well-taken try from Ramiro Moyano.
This, after Joaquin Tuculet put his team on the front-foot with a superb line break. His progress was eventually halted deep inside the Chiefs' 22 but the ball was recycled quickly before Moyano beat two defenders on his way over the try-line.
Nicolas Sanchez added the extras before McKenzie slotted two further penalties which gave the home side a slender 12-10 lead at half-time.
The Jaguares were back in front shortly after the restart when Sanchez converted another penalty after Liam Polwart was blown up for offside play and things went pear-shaped for the home side shortly afterwards when Michael Allardice and Liam Messam were both yellow carded in quick succession.
Allardice received his marching orders first for a dangerous challenge on a Jaguares player and a minute later Messam joined him in the sin bin when he collapsed a Jaguares maul close to his try-line.
Referee Mike Fraser also awarded a penalty try to the visitors which meant they were now leading 20-12.
The Chiefs upped the ante on attack and thought they had narrowed the gap in the 63rd minute when Charlie Ngatai beat three defenders before crossing the whitewash but his effort was disallowed when the TMO ruled that Polwart had knocked on in the build-up.
The visitors breathed a sigh of relief and sealed their win in the 71st minute when Sanchez landed another penalty after Messam was caught offside on defence.
The Chiefs tried gallantly to haul in their visitors during the game's latter stages and secured a losing bonus point in the game's closing stages when Jesse Parete crossed for their only try.
Man of the match: Charlie Ngatai, Solomona Alaimalo and Alex Nankivell were good value for the Chiefs. Nicolas Sanchez was, as usual, the Jaguares' general – directing the show. Marcos Kremer and Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro were also in fine form. However, our award goes to Jaguares wing Emiliano Boffelli – who made plenty of metres with ball in hand and kicked 11 points to seal the win.
For the Chiefs:
Con: D McKenzie
Pens: D McKenzie 4
For the Jaguares:
Tries: Moyano, Penalty try
Cons: Sanchez; Penalty try does not require a conversion
Pens: Boffelli 3
Yellow cards: Michael Allardice (Chiefs, 49 – foul play, tackling a player in the air), Liam Messam *(Chiefs, 51 – cynical foul, collapsing a maul near the tryline)
Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Lachlan Boshier/Luke Jacobson, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson/Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Levi Aumua.
Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermott