SUPER RUGBY PREVIEW : Jaguares vs Stormers

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The Jaguares tackle another difficult assignment when they take on the Stormers in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

After kicking off their campaign with a narrow victory over the Cheetahs, the Argentine side suffered losses to the Sharks and Chiefs and they know nothing less than victory will justify their pre-season tag as potential tournament champions.

Despite playing in their backyard, they won’t have things easy though as the Stormers are currently riding the crest of the wave after inflicting the first defeat on the high-riding Brumbies last weekend.

That result in Cape Town came after the Stormers delivered a masterful display in tactical kicking which caught the Australian Conference leaders by surprise.

The Jaguares have gained a reputation for playing an expansive brand of rugby. While that’s pleasing on the eye, they have, however, developed a habit of trying to offload in the tackle regardless of their field position.

That could be suicidal if the Stormers kick as well, out of hand, as they did against the Brumbies.

It could mean that the Jaguares will try to run themselves out of trouble – if the visitors’ kicking game pin them inside their 22 – which will work in the Stormers favour as they have the second highest tackle success rate (88%) – behind the Crusaders in the competition.

The Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Lucas González Amorosino, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavannini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Roberto Tejerizo, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (cc), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (cc), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Huw Jones

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 18:40 local (21:40 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Federico Anselmi
TMO: Santiago Borasni


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