Super Rugby 2018
Jaguares vs Waratahs
Final Score: Jaguares 38 – Waratahs 28.
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
Television match official: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)
Once again, I did not watch this game live. I did spend a little time with my PVR recorder and the fast-forward button working overtime as I flickered through the game.
I have two impressions from this game. Firstly, that the Jaguares started to play like the Pumas they really are. Right from the kick-off they took charge of the game, and never let go. There was a physicality and direct approach we have not seen for a while, and it gave them their first win of the Super Rugby season as they beat the Waratahs 38-28.
My second impression is that the Waratahs were found out as they went down to their first defeat of 2018 which means they remain third in their Conference, behind the Rebels and Reds, with the Brumbies in the unaccustomed position of being stone last!
Four tries in the opening 30 minutes meant that the Waratahs were 26 – 0 behind and staring at their first loss of the year.
They did make a vague come-back when Jed Holloway picked from a ruck 22 metres out and raced through to score under the posts, for a converted try.
Then the “iceman” Bernard Foley threw a silly loose pass on halfway that was gratefully accepted by Bautista Delguy, who cruised over for another try and a 33-7 halftime lead.
The Waratahs fought back in the second half, but it was all a little too late. They needed three converted tries to win the game, as the clocked ticked into last 15 minutes of the game.
The Jaguares’ Matias Orlando sealed the win in the 73rd minute as he crossed for their sixth try.
The Jaguares were so pleased with their win that they went right off the boil, allowing Nick Palmer and Israel Folau to score tries in the 79th and 80th minute, which might suggest some respectability to the Waratahs efforts, but was really a reflection of the Jaguares heading for an early shower…
For the first time in their history in Super Rugby, the Jaguares conceded less penalties than their opponents, just 5 to the Waratahs 8! And they managed to finish a game with a full 15 players on the field for the full 80!
Ten tries were scored, which suggests an exciting game, and it was probably a great one for the local spectators, but I was left with the lingering aftertaste of another poor game of Super Rugby.
Tries: Boffelli 2, Tuculet, Sanchez, Delguy, Orlando
Cons: Sanchez 4
Tries: Holloway, Rona, Palmer, Folau
Cons: Foley 4
Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago Gonzalez 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 Martin Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Nick Palmer, 20 Will Miller, 21 Nick Duffy, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro