PREVIEW: Jaguares v Chiefs
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ROUND FOUR: Jaguares v Chiefs, Sunday 20 March, 10.40am (NZT), Buenos Aires
TALE OF THE TAPE
Despite racking up 58 points against the Kings last week, the Chiefs will have to contend with a demanding travel schedule and hostile crowd in Buenos Aires this week. After a win and a close loss against South African opponents, the Jaguares will be desperate to make their first home game a winning one against the Chiefs.
After three rounds, the wait is over as the Jaguares play their historic first home game at Jose Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires. A sold-out crowd will pack Argentina’s most famous rugby stadium and provide a carnival-like atmosphere. If the Jaguares can turn the Buenos Aires stadium into a fortress then they could well progress through to the knockout stages of Super Rugby.
JUAN X 2
The Jaguares have been bolstered for this clash with the debuts of Pumas stars Juan Martin Hernandez and Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Hernandez is a world-class ball-playing second-five who is nicknamed ‘the Maradona of rugby’. At 6’3 and 105kgs, Juan Manuel Leguizamon is a powerhouse runner and recognised as one of the greatest Argentinian loose forwards of all time. Together, the two Juans are sure to help the Jaguares become a strong force.
Coach Dave Rennie has elevated veteran hooker Hika Elliot to the starting line up to boost the experience up front. Elliot’s experience will be invaluable against a seasoned Jaguares front row and white-hot Buenos Aires crowd. The 89-cap Chiefs star will be looking to unleash his trademark running game in an intriguing head-to-head battle against Jaguares hooker Agustin Creevy.
STEADY SANCHEZ v CLASSY CRUDEN
The clash of the first-fives will go a long way to deciding this contest. In Nicolas Sancez, the Jaguares boast a steady all-round pivot who topped the point-scoring at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. On the Chiefs side, Aaron Cruden is returning to his best form and is a proven big match player. All though the two diminutive playmakers maybe the smallest players on the field – they will likely be the most influential.
Who will win this head-to-head clash on Sunday? Classy Cruden or Steady Sanchez?#JAGvCHI pic.twitter.com/0w9o3mMSe8— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) March 18, 2016
Jaguares: 15: Joaquin Tuculet 14: Santiago Cordero 13: Jeronimo De La Fuente 12: Juan Martin Hernandez 11: Emiliano Boffelli 10: Nicolas Sanchez 9: Martin Landajo 8: Leonardo Senatore 7: Juan Manuel Leguizamon 6: Pablo Matera 5: Tomas Lavanini 4: Guido Petiti Pagadizaval 3: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 2: Agustin Creevy 1: Santiago Garcia Botta
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Roberto Tejerizo, Felipe Arregui, Matias Alemanno, Facundo Isa, Felipe Ezcurra, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Matias Moroni
Chiefs: 15: Damian McKenzie 14: Sam McNicol 13: Anton Lienert-Brown 12: Charlie Ngatai 11: James Lowe 10: Aaron Cruden 9: Tawera Kerr-Barlow 8: Michael Leitch 7: Sam Cane 6: Tom Sanders 5: Johan Bardoul 4: Michael Allardice 3: Hiroshi Yamashita 2: Hika Elliot 1: Mitchell Graham
Reserves: Rhys Marshall, Pauliasi Manu, Siate Tokolahi, Taleni Seu, Maama Vaipulu, Brad Weber, Seta Tamanivalu, Glen Fisiiahi
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