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Super Rugby Preview: Lions v Jaguares (09/03/19)

The Lions have played the Jaguares 8 times in Super rugby and the most recent of these matches was last month in Buenos Aires.

In the 8 matches between these teams the Lions have won 5 and lost three.

This weekend the match will be played in Johannesburg where the teams have met four times. The Lions have won all four matches between the sides.

The average score when the Lions play the Jaguares is : Lions 41 Jaguares 24.

The Lions are unbeaten at home by the Jaguares.

The inclusion of Wandisile Simelane is one of seven changes Swys de Bruin has made to the Lions’ starting XV ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Jaguares in Johannesburg.

The Lions have just one victory from three games, and are at the bottom of the South African conference.

After last week’s home loss to the Vodacom Bulls, De Bruin has dropped some of his most senior and experienced players in favour of several youngsters from the Lions’ junior ranks.

In the backline there is an all-new centre pairing as the highly rated Simelane and Franco Naudé replace Lionel Mapoe and Harold Vorster respectively. On the wings, Sylvian Mahuza and Courtnall Skosan take over from Springbok duo Ruan Combrinck and Aphiwe Dyantyi, and Ross Cronjé starts at scrumhalf ahead of Nic Groom.

Vorster is on the bench, but Mapoe, Combrinck, Dyantyi and Groom have been left out of the match 23 altogether.

Among the pack, Vincent Tshituka comes into the back row at blindside flank at the expense of Hacjivah Dayimani, while Kwagga Smith moves from the side of the scrum to No 8 to accommodate Tshituka. In the second row, Ruan Vermaak takes over from Stephan Lewies.

The new faces on the bench include prop Nathan McBeth, loose forward James Venter and utility back Tyrone Green, who has been bracketed with Gianni Lombard.

Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada has made a total of 11 changes to his starting lineup to face the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

With the intention of resting his key players, Quesada has retained just four of his regulars.

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Of the team that beat the Blues last weekend, only Guido Petti and Marcos Kremer remain in the forwards, and Joaquín Díaz Bonilla and Matías Moroni in the backs.

Joaquín Tuculet takes over from Jeronimo de la Fuente as the captain.

Average score: Lions 34 Jaguares 29

Last five results
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 Jaguares 16-25 Lions @Buenos Aires
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 Elim Lions 40-23 Jaguares @Johannesburg
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 Jaguares 49-35 Lions @Buenos Aires
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 Lions 47-27 Jaguares @Johannesburg
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 Lions 24-21 Jaguares @Johannesburg

Lions overall record against the Jaguares
Played 8 ,Wins 5 ,Losses 3 , Draws 0

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Rhyno Herbst, 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcom Marx (captain), 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 James Venter, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Gianni Lombard/Tyrone Green

15 Joaquín Tuculet (c), 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Juan Pablo Zeiss.
Replacements: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Matias Orlando.

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 9 March
Venue : Emirates Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2:Griffin Colby
TMO :Willie Vos

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