73 vs 27
Leonardo Senator scored a hat-trick as the Jaguares thrashed the Kings 73-27 in Buenos Aires.
The Jaguares named a Test-laden side for this encounter, which included 12 personnel changes from the team that lost to the Sunwolves last week and it showed as they had the bonus-point try wrapped up in the opening 15 minutes already.
Surprisingly there were only a few handling errors in the match, but the Kings’ chaotic defence failed to negate the pace the hosts injected into the game right from the outset which saw the Jaguares outscore them 11 tries to four.
The Jaguares enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and their willingness to keep the ball alive paid dividends with early tries by inside centre Juan Martín Hernández, wing Santiago Cordero and No 8 Senatore for 21-3 advantage. Flyhalf Elgar Watts had slotted a penalty to get the Kings on the board.
Nicolás Sánchez converted on all three occasions before getting in on the try-scoring act in the 26th minute with a brilliant run through the heart of the Kings non-existent defence.
To their credit, the Kings didn’t just lie down in attack and struck twice on the stroke of half-time through star flank Chris Cloete and Stefan Watermeyer, but didn’t go before the Jaguares’ high-risk offloading game sliced them apart again, with captain Agustin Creevy and winger Manuel Montero this time getting on the scoresheet to lead 40-15.
The second half got off to the worst possible start for the Kings, as they lost winger Luzuko Vulindlu to the sin bin 22 second after the restart for taking an opponent out in the air.
His 10-minute stint off the field cost his already beleaguered team two further converted tries as Matias Alemanno and Emiliano Boffelli coasted over to score. But a concession of breakdown penalties against the Jaguares afforded the Kings some good yardage as they finally moved into their red zone and from there Thembelani Bholi put his head down to narrow the deficit.
But conceding maximum points with a one-man advantage didn’t seem to bother the free-running Jaguares in the slightest as Martin Landajo crossed for his their ninth try before Senatore bagged a brace in quick succession for complete his hat-trick and wrapped up a convincing outing.
Kings captain Steven Sykes scored in the 80th minute, but it was merely a consolation try, which replacement flyhalf Louis Fouche couldn’t even convert.
JAGUARES – 73
Tries: Juan Martin Hernandez (1),Santiago Cordero (8),Leonardo Senatore (14,62,69),Nicolas Sanchez (18),Agustin Creevy (30),Manuel Montero (37),Matias Alemanno (41),Emiliano Boffelli (49),Martin Landajo (53)
Cons: Nicolas Sanchez (2,9,15,19,38,42,50,54,62)
KINGS – 27
Tries: Chris Cloete (25),Stefan Watermeyer (39),Thembelani Bholi (46), Steven Sykes (79)
Penalties: Elgar Watts (6)
Cons: Elgar Watts (40,47)
The Teams :
Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino
Kings: 15 Jaco van Tonder, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 CJ Velleman, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (c), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 James Hall, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen
Date: Saturday, April 30
Venue: Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani