Super Rugby Preview: Jaguares v Chiefs

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Thursday, March 28, 2019    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Match Details: Jaguares v Chiefs, Buenos Aires, 10.40am (NZT), March 31

Played: 2
Won: Jaguares 1, Chiefs 1
Last time: Jaguares 23-19 Chiefs, Rotorua, May 5, 2018
Referee: Angus Gardner

The Jaguares lost their opening game of the season to the Lions (16-25) in the first of three consecutive home games. They then beat the Bulls (27-12) and the Blues (23-19) before going on the road and losing to the Lions (39-47) and the Stormers (8-35). The Chiefs went five games without a win, losing to the Highlanders (27-30), the Brumbies (17-54), the Sunwolves (15-30) and the Crusaders (28-57). They drew with the Hurricanes 23-23 before gaining their first win last weekend over the Bulls 56-20.


Key players return for the Jaguares after their 8-35 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town two weeks ago. They had the bye last weekend and that has resulted in the return of captain and second five-eighths Jeronimo de la Fuente, who hasn't played since the second round of the competition. Flanker Marcos Kremer and wing Emiliano Boffelli after injuries suffered three weeks ago in Johannesburg against the Lions.


Having to do without the inspiring leadership of lock Brodie Retallick, who was always going to miss this game due to All Blacks' standown requirements, will be the test for the Chiefs who finally got their game going last week. Fellow lock Michael Allardice has been given the leadership role and will be keen to keep the winning momentum going. Most of the players who backed their skipper in securing last week's win are back and are well capable of leading the Jaguares a merry chase. Solomon Alaimalo provided extra strength on the left wing while Damian McKenzie's play at first receiver, and the presence of Anton Lienert-Brown at second five-eighths should be invaluable.
Each of the Jaguares' last four Super Rugby games have been won by the home team, with the Argentinians having won five of their last six games at home.

The scrum has proved a double-edged sword for the Chiefs. They have scored nine tries from scrum wins this year, the most in the competition, but they have also conceded nine tries after opponents won scrums, also the most in the competition.

1.Mayco Vivas, 2.Julian Montoya, 3.Santiago Medrano, 4.Guido Petti, 5.Tomas Lavanini, 6.Tomas Lezana, 7.Marcos Kremer, 8.Javier Ortega Desio, 9.Tomas Cubelli, 10.Joaquin diaz Bonilla, 11.Emiliano Boffelli, 12.Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 13.Matias Moroni, 14.Ramiro Moyano, 15.Joaquin Tuculet.

Substitutes: 16.Gaspar Baldunciel, 17.Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18.Enrique Pieretto, 19.Pablo Matera, 20.Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21.Felipe Ezcurra, 22.Santiago G. Iglesias, 23.Matias Orlando.

Chiefs: 1.Aidan Ross, 2.Nathan Harris, 3.Nepo Laulala, 4.Michael Allardice, 5.Mitchell Brown, 6.Luke Jacobson, 7.Lachlan Boshier, 8.Tyler Ardron, 9.Brad Weber, 10.Marty McKenzie, 11.Solomon Alaimalo, 12.Anton Lienert-Brown, 13.Tumua Manu, 14.Sean Wainui, 15.Damian McKenzie.

Substitutes: 16.Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17.Tevita Mafileo, 18.Angus Ta'avao, 19.Jesse Parete, 20.Taleni Seu, 21.Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22.Alex Nankivell, 23.Etene Nanai-Seturo.