Super Rugby Preview (QF): Jaguares v Chiefs

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Thursday, June 20, 2019    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Match Details: Jaguares v Chiefs, Buenos Aires, 10.05am (NZT), June 22, 2019

Played: 3
Won: Jaguares 1, Chiefs 2
Last time: Jaguares 27-30 Chiefs, Buenos Aires, March 30, 2019
Referee: Glenn Jackson


The Jaguares had a slow start to the season losing four of their first six games, but since then they have lost only one out of 10 games. They lost to the Lions 16-25 and 39-47a, the Stormers 8-35a, the Chiefs 27-30 and the Highlanders 27-32a. Wins were achieved over the Bulls 27-12 and 22-20a, the Blues 23-19, the Sharks 51-17a and 34-7, the Brumbies 20-15, the Stormers 30-25, the Hurricanes 28-20a, the Waratahs 23-15a, the Reds 34-23a and the Sunwolves 52-10. The Chiefs started with four losses, against the Highlanders 27-30, the Brumbies 17-54a, the Sunwolves 15-30 and the Crusaders 28-57a. They drew with the Huricanes 23-23, and then beat the Bulls 56-20a, the Jaguares 30-27 and the Blues 33-29. They lost to the Lions 17-23 and the Hurricanes 19-47a, drew with the Highlanders 31-31, beat the Sharks 29-23, lost to the Blues 8-23a before finishing with wins against the Reds 19-13, the Crusaders 40-27 (Fiji) and the Rebels 59-8.


Not surprisingly, the Jaguares have made 12 changes to their starting XV from the Sunwolves game at the weekend. Only lock Guido Petti, centre Matias Orlando and wing Sebastian Cancelliere were retained for the clash with the Chiefs. It is only the second occasion the Jaguares had made a playoffs appearance. Captain Jeronimo de la Fuente said: "New Zealand teams are always very difficult, especially in these playoff games. We have a good chance to use home advantage. If we want to keep going in the competition we have to beat anyone who is put in front of us. We are very confident, that's why we have done what we have this year. But what has happened before does not count. Friday [Argentina time] is a new game, decisive, and you have to play it as a final."


Only one change has been made to the Chiefs starting XV with Anton Lienert-Brown moving in to second five-eighths with Tumua Manu starting at centre.
Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said: "We have had a good week over here, there is plenty of energy in the team, especially from our leaders. We know the Jaguares are a quality side. They have performed well, and we have the utmost respect for them. As a team we need to draw on the confidence we have gained from our past couple of games. We are not strangers to quarterfinals rugby, we just need to stay focused and deliver a performance our fans and whanau are proud of."


The Jaguares have scored 21 tries in the final quarter of their matches this year while the Chiefs are second, having scored 19 tries.


The Chiefs have won only two Super Rugby finals matches outside of New Zealand, both against the Stormers in 2016 and 2017.


Jaguares: 1.Mayco Vivas, 2.Agustin Creevy, 3.Santiago Medrano, 4.Guido Petti, 5.Tomas Lavanini, 6.Pablo Matera, 7.Marcos Kremer, 8.Javier Ortega Desio, 9.Tomas Cubelli, 10.Joaquin diaz Bonilla, 11.Matias Moroni. 12.Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 13.Matias Orlando, 14.Sebastian Cancelliere, 15.Emiliano Boffelli.

Substitutes: 16.Julian Montoya, 17.Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18.Enrique Pieretto, 19.Tomas Lezana, 20.Francisco Gorrissen, 21.Felipe Ezcurra, 22.Domingo Miotti, 23.Santiago Carreras.

Chiers: 1.Atu Moli, 2.Nathan Harris, 3.Angus Ta'avao, 4.Brodie Retallick, 5.Tyler Ardron, 6.Lachlan Boshier, 7.Sam Cane (captain), 8.Pita Gus Sowakula, 9.Brad Weber, 10.Jack Debreczeni, 11.Sean Wainui, 12.Anton Lienert-Brown, 13.Tumua Manu, 14.Shaun Stevenson, 15.Solomon Alaimalo.

Substitutes: 16.Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17.Aidan Ross, 18.Nepo Laulala, 19.Jesse Parete, 20.Mitchell Jacobson, 21.Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22.Marty McKenzie, 23.Alex Nankivell/Ataata Moeakiola.