Jaguares keep Lions at bay in 11-try clash
27 March, 2018, 12:00 am
BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s Jaguares recovered from a poor display last weekend to beat South Africa’s Lions 49-35, winning the try count 6-5 in a pulsating Super Rugby match at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday.
The Argentine side, looking for their second win in their sixth outing, got off to a perfect start with a try after one minute by wing Bautista Delguy.
Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, having converted, increased their lead to 10 points after a penalty 10 minutes later.
The Lions, runners-up in the tournament last season, hit back with two tries during a dominant spell midway through the first half, lock Marvin Orie going over from a maul following a lineout.
Wing Sylvian Mahuza put the Lions ahead three minutes later with a try and Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked his second of five conversions but the end of the half belonged to the Jaguares.
Emiliano Boffelli, one of three players to score twice, went over in the corner, his try awarded after confirmation from the TMO, and Sanchez missed the conversion but later put over a penalty for a high tackle.
The Jaguares were in control again and a fine passing movement led to number eight Javier Ortega Desio going over in the corner on the stroke of halftime, with Sanchez’s conversion putting the home side 25-14 ahead at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half, Boffelli scored again from Delguy’s pass, the conversion putting the Jaguares 18 points clear.
The Lions were stung and quickly fought their way back to within four points with another strong spell midway through the second half.