Jaguares show early form
PRESEASON REPORT: The Jaguares ended their second and final Super Rugby preseason warm-up match with a comprehensive 68-14 victory over an Argentina XV side in Buenos Aires on Friday.
The Super Rugby outfit enjoyed much of the possession in the early stages which contributed to them taking on their opponents with a high intensity. Their play was characterised by direct running before the ball was sent wide when they created the overlap.
When penalties presented themselves, the Jaguares too full advantage of the situation, however, the invitational side needs to be commended for their resilience in defence. They had their chances on attack too and forced the Jaguares to defend deep inside their 22.
Both sides had their chances in the second chukka but the Jaguares turned the screw and began to dominate. They displayed good ball control, speed on attack and a well executed counter attack strategy that took the game away from the Argentina XV side.
Another key to their dominant display was the speed in which they transferred defence into attack.
Argentina XV had a bit more possession in the third and final chukka, which once again forced the Jaguares to defend more than expected, however, the Super Rugby outfit proved too strong to claim a comfortable victory.
Tries: Diaz Bonilla 2, Baez, de la Fuente, Ortega Desio, Matera 2, Noguera, Tejerizo, F Ezcurra
Cons: Diaz Bonilla 5, Sanchez 4
For Argentina XV:
Tries: Devotee, Cancelliere
Cons: Miotti 2
Jaguares (first chukka): 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Juan Leguizamón, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Benjamín Macome, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Cristian Bartoloni, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Santiago García Botta.
Jaguares (second chukka): 15 Gabriel Ascárate, 14 Nicolás Freitas, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Guido Petti, 4 Ignacio Larrague, 3 Facundo Gigena, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Lucas Noguera.
Jaguares (third chukka): combined first and second chukka team with Roberto Tejerizo.
Argentina XV: 15 Bautista Delguy, 14 Joaquín Domínguez, 13 Santiago Álvarez, 12 Bruno Devoto, 11 Franco Cuaranta, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Sebastián Cancelliere, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Santiago Montagner, 6 Francisco Gorrisen, 5 Juan Cruz Guillemaín, 4 Pedro Ortega, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Gaspar Baldunciel, 1 Franco Brarda.
Replacements - from: Alejo Brem, Marcelo Brandi, Axel Zapata, Eduardo Bello, Francisco Ferronato, Nicolás Solveyra, Franco Molina, Mariano Romanini, Tomás de la Vega, Juan Manuel Lescano, Tomás Granella, Segundo Tuculet, Juan Cappiello, Fernando Luna.