Jaguares make history in the capital

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Aside from tries in the opening and closing minutes, the Hurricanes usual free-flowing attack was shut down in the face of a fierce defensive effort from the South American side. The Jaguares energy and commitment on defence refused to waiver despite the Hurricanes dominating 63 percent of possession.


The win is the Jaguares first ever over the Hurricanes and moves them to the top of the South African conference.

The Hurricanes couldn’t have asked for a better start with Vaea Fifita scoring after just 50 seconds following influential touches from Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape, but the early intensity and precision slowly subsided in the face of an increasingly confident Jaguares side.

A moment of madness from Jordie Barrett in the 14th minute handed the Jaguares an unlikely early lead. After a period of steady attack on the Hurricanes line, the ball was chipped in behind the try line where Barrett deliberately knocked the ball dead instead of dotting it down.

The TMO took little time to judge a deliberate foul and referee Brendon Pickerill had no choice but to award a penalty try and hand Barrett a yellow card.

The Jaguares have made their name in Super Rugby with their cohesive and rugged forward play and showed in the 25th minute just how dangerous they are when Agustin Creevy scored from a lineout drive 10 metres out from the line.

While that was a trademark try from a lineout drive, their next strike came from a Hurricanes error at lineout time.

When the Hurricanes overthrew their own lineout, the Jaguares pounced on the ball and skipper Jeronimo De La Fuente crossed following a couple of strong forward bursts. 

But this victory was built on defence, and that was shown in the final minute of the half when the Hurricanes were held out close to the line and the Jaguares went into the sheds with a 13-point lead.

The Hurricanes had to score first in the second half to get back in the game and did just that. But it didn’t come easy as the Hurricanes piled the pressure on the Jaguares close to the line before TJ Perenara laid on a brilliant skip pass to put Ngani Laumape over.

The breakdown continued to be an issue for the Hurricanes as the Jaguares muscled up over the ball and the lineouts were an ongoing shambles.

There was never any momentum from the Hurricanes and when replacement Jaguares prop Julian Montoya went over following a searing set piece break, it was game, set and match for the Hurricanes.

Replacement lock Kane Leaupepe tried hard in the final quarter and was rewarded with a try at the hooter to make the final score 28-20.

The Hurricanes will look to re-group with the bye next week while the Jaguares take on the Waratahs in Sydney.

Hurricanes 20 (Vaea Fifita, Ngani Laumape, Kane Leaupepe tries, Jordie Barrett pen, con) Jaguares (Agustin Creevy, Jeronimo De La Fuente, Julian Montoya tries, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 2 con, Penalty Try) HT: 21-8

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