Super Rugby Match Preview

Saturday 17th March 2018

Jaguares vs Reds

Venue:  Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires
Kickoff: 18h40 Local Time, 21h40 GMT, 23h40 SA Time

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Pablo Deluca (Argentina)

TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

 

The Jaguares finally ended a run of three consecutive defeats when they disposed of a poor Waratahs outfit a week ago.

Now they want to go one better and get consecutive wins when they face the Reds.

The win over the Waratahs will certainly help to give them confidence going into this encounter. A confident Jaguares side is always a dangerous prospect.

The Reds have had a much easier start to their season than have the Jaguares. They have played teams that could be considered to be amongst the weaker in Super Rugby, and they have had two wins in their opening three games.

The Reds pack has been their weapon of choice in all three their duels in 2018, holding strong against all-comers, although they have conceded 5 penalties at scrum time. At the back they have shown some enterprise, but very little real thrust, while handling errors have been a problem, 76 in just 3 games. They have also missed too many tackles, 68 in three games is a high number in anyone’s language.

The Argentineans are usually strong at home against Australian teams. They have a pack that could test the Reds up front, and the backs are great counter-attackers, which will again serve to test the Reds defensive alignment.

Team Talk:

The Jaguares have kept the same XV which beat the Waratahs.

The only changes come on the bench where Martin Landajo and Juan Martin Hernandez replace Felipe Ezcurra and Joaquin Diaz Bonilla respectively.

The Reds have made just one change to their side with Angus Scott-Young starting at flank instead of Liam Wright, who joins the replacements.

There are also three changes to the bench, with Andrew Ready, Ruan Smith and Ben Lucas joining JP Smith, Harry Hockings, Hamish Stewart and Duncan Paia’aua.

Discussion.

The Jaguares are slowly gelling into a team under their new coach. Their three successive defeats were not a great start to the season, but their bounce-back win over the Waratahs suggested that they are starting to play the way so many have suggested that they can.

The Reds go into the match with two victories under their belts. Although they haven’t been the most exciting of games, their two home wins over the Brumbies and Bulls suggests that they have some sort of form.

Both teams will need to step up in this game, and show that they are real contenders in 2018.03.16

Prediction:

The Jaguares were too good for the Waratahs last weekend, and showed moments in all three their previous games. The Reds have not really shown anything other than an ability to ride on the mistakes of their opponents.

Home ground advantage, without the long distance travel issues faced by their opponents, suggest the Jaguares by 10.

 The Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Botta, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jono Lance, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Adam Korczyk, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Duncan Paia’aua