Sharks not top priority for Jaguares

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:16

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: They may be in a hotly-contested race for a possible wild-card slot in the play-offs, but the Sharks are not the Jaguares' top priority.

Jaguares coach Raúl Pérez said victory over the Sharks in Buenos Aires on Saturday is not where their focus is this week.

Returning from a winless three-week tour of South Africa - where they lost to the Sharks (13-18), Bulls (13-26) and Lions (21-24) - the Argentinean franchise is focussed on improving their own game.

The Lions top the Africa Two conference (with 32 points from eight games), followed by the Sharks (24 from eight) and the Jaguares (20 from eight).

Victory over the Sharks this week will put the Argentinean outfit right back in the play-off hunt.

"We realise our next match, against the Sharks, is very important in terms of our conference and play-off qualification," Perez said.

"However, our first objective is also to improve our game and the team.

"We had a good game [in the loss] against the Lions and our main objective next week is to improve and develop our game."

Pérez also revealed what he feels is the key to the Lions' success - the proverbial 'slow poison'.

"That is how the Lions have played all season," Perez said, when asked about the Lions' late charge to victory at Ellis Park last Friday - where the Johannesburg-based franchise scored 10 points in a seven-minutes burst late in the match to clinch victory.

"They tire the teams out in the first half and in the second half they stretch the teams all over the field.

"We were ready for that [their second-half comeback], but we still lost the game in the last three minutes.

"However, there is no doubt we were prepared for the to increase the intensity [in the second half]."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19