Jaguares win over Stormers
Brenden Nel
June 30, 2018
The Jaguares made it a clean sweep of all four South African franchises as they downed the DHL Stormers 25-14 in Buenos Aires on Saturday to take themselves a massive step closer to their first Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs.

The Argentinean side were good on defence and scored when it mattered as they added the Stormers’ scalp to the Sharks, Bulls and Lions scalps on their home turf and now could even close the gap on the conference topping Emirates Lions over the last two weeks of the competition.

With just two games left in their regular season fixture list, the win lifts the Jaguares to second on the South African conference log, just three points behind the Lions, who lost in Durban earlier in the day against the Cell C Sharks. The Jaguares have a game in hand and could pass the Lions next week if they travel to Pretoria and beat the Vodacom Bulls, with the Lions on a bye.

And while their national side suffered three poor defeats over the past test month in June, Mario Ledesma’s team are another animal that cannot be tamed at this moment.

With the likes of winger Bautista Delguy, former captain Agustin Creevy and Pablo Montera in exceptional form, the Stormers struggled to keep up at times, but will be disappointed in not converting some of the chances they set-up for themselves and often looked like a side bereft of confidence at this stage of the season.

For the Stormers there were good cameos by Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Steven Kitshoff and Jean-Luc du Plessis, but too often it was individualistic and disjointed and the Stormers couldn’t really get a head of steam against a side that frustrates others on its home turf.

The Jaguares surged to an early 15-0 lead thanks to an early Nicolas Sanchez penalty, while Delguy scored a blistering try with a blindside break that beat no less than four Stormers players on his way to the line.

Lock Guido Petti Pagadizaval burst through the middle for an excellent individual try and left the Stormers heads hanging before 20 minutes was up on the clock.

To their credit they regrouped and started forcing their way back into the game. But their efforts were thwarted all too often through their won mistakes and it was only in the 25th minute when Notshe burst through two tackles close to the line to get his side on the board, that they looked as if they could start a comeback.

The Jaguares held out until halftime, but started the second half stronger as Pagadizaval found space down the middle again and midfielder Mattias Orlando was on hand to finish off the move and put his side further ahead.

The Stormers hit back on the hour mark, as sustained pressure saw Dillyn Lleyds go over as the Jaguares defence was stretched, but try as the Stormers did, they were not good enough on attack to get the lead back.

A late Sanchez penalty goal sealed their fate as the home side stretched their lead, then started to wind the clock down. The Stormers tried their best to attack, but they didn’t possess the strike power to make a significant difference to the scoreline.


Jaguares – tries: Bautista Delguy, Guido Petti Pagadizaval, Mattias Orlando. Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (2). Penalties: Sanchez (2).

DHL Stormers – tries: Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dillyn Lleyds. Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis

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