Jaguares made to work hard for win

Sat, 06 May 2017 20:12

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Jaguares were made to work hard for their 46-39 win over the ever-willing Sunwolves in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The Jaguares, who trailed for most of the match, scored the match-winning try only in the 74th minute.

It was the Argentinian franchise's first-ever Super Rugby victory over their Japanese rivals.

When the two teams met for the first time in Tokyo last year the match was won 36-28 by the Japanese side.

The Jaguares outscored the Sunwolves by seven tries to five, but as the Japanese side finished within seven points they return home with a losing bonus point.

The Sunwolves were the first to score, in the third minute, with Will Tupou crossing.

In the eighth minute the Jaguares hit back with a try from Leonardo Senatore.

The teams exchanged tries throughout the match, but the Sunwolves managed to stay ahead for most of the contest - until the final 10 minutes, when the Jaguares took the lead and held on to it thanks to two tries from captain and Augustin Creevy, who scored his second in the 71st minute and Matias Moroni who scored in the 74th minute.

The other Jaguares tries were scored by Leonardo Senatore, Emiliano Boffelli, a penalty try and Matias Alemanno.

Sunwolves pivot Yu Tamura also set a record in the match as his 24 points is the largest haul of points for a Sunwolves player in one match.

Tamura scored two tries for the Sunwolves and their other tries were scored by Tupou, Shota Emi and Sam Wykes.

Next week in Round 12 the Sunwolves have a bye, before they fly to Singapore where they will host the Sharks.

The Jaguares host the Western Force at home in Buenos Aires next weekend.

Man of the match: Jaguares captain Agustin Creevy was the driving force that got the home team going forward. Sunwolves flyhalf Yu Tamura scored two crucial tries and kicked a bundle of points - on top of his fine tactical play. Willie Britz was, as always, a bundle of energy and apart from the mountain of work he got through, also had a hand in a couple of the Sunwolves' tries. He gets our award.

The scorers:

For the Jaguares:
Senatore, Boffelli, Penalty try, Creevy 2, Alemanno, Moroni
Cons: Hernández 2, Sanchez, Penalty try does not require a conversion
Pen: Hernández

For the Sunwolves:
 Tupou, Emi, Tamura 2, Wykes
Cons: Tamura 4
Pens: Tamura 2

Yellow card: Sam Wykes (Sunwolves, 40 - cynical foul, collapsing the maul)


Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martin Hernández, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Matias Moroni.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Shota Emi, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele (captain), 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino , 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara , 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

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