SUPER RUGBY Preview : Jaguares vs Sharks

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The Jaguares host the Sharks in Buenos Aires on Saturday, hoping to reverse their close loss in Durban earlier in the season.

The Jaguares, who are coming off a bye and a massive victory against the Kings two weeks ago, will be feeling pretty comfortable at home.

The Sharks who have had an erratic season, finely found some form last week as they played to their potential and beat last year’s runners-up, the Hurricanes.

The Sharks will be looking to team talisman and captain, Patrick Lambie as he returns to the starting line-up from a long-term injury. Having come off the bench last week – scoring five points through a penalty and a conversion – and nearly landing a try, it should not take the former Michaelhouse student long to get into the swing of things.

The Sharks management will be relieved to see Lambie taking over the captaincy from Tendai Mtawarira, who had a turbulent start in the role after criticising Ben O’Keeffe during a game against the Highlanders.

Discipline has been a perpetual problem for the Jaguares as they have been given the second most yellow cards in the competition. It is a factor of their game that will need serious improvement before this weekend, as the last time these two teams played, their discipline led to their loss.

Previous Results:

2016: Sharks beat the Jaguares 19-15 in Durban

The Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 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 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie (c), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chilliboy Ralepelle/Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Garth April, 23 S’bura Sithole/Joe Pietersen.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 17:40 local (21:40 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Referees: Juan Sylvestre, Damian Schneider
TMO: Santiago Borsani


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