Jaguares sink Waratahs in first match in Aus­tralia

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Ar­gentina’s Jaguares am­bushed the New South Wales Waratahs 40-27 to win on their first Su­per Rugby ap­pear­ance in Aus­tralia yes­ter­day. The Jaguares outscored the in­con­sis­tent Waratahs five tries to three af­ter get­ting the early jump on the 2014 Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons at 150 in the open­ing 13 min­utes.

The Ar­gen­tines led 25-10 at half-time and although they were re­duced to 13 men with yel­low cards to Guido Petti Pa­gadizaval and Ben­jamin Ma­come just be­fore the in­ter­val and were pulled back to 24-25 five min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion, they fin­ished full of run­ning.

It was the most points scored by the Jaguares out­side of Buenos Aires in their second sea­son in Su­per Rugby where they have won six of their 14 games. The Jaguares dom­i­nated ter­ri­tory through their kick­ing game and pierced the shaky Waratahs de­fence with their skil­ful off­loads. “We had a tough week in Ar­gentina last week los­ing by one point to the South­ern Kings and we had a good week in Sydney and got the win tonight,” scrumhalf Martin Lan­dajo said. “The travel is very tough for us, so it’s our first time in Aus­tralia and our first win, so we are very happy. “This is new for us, this is our second year in the tour­na­ment so we are learn­ing a lot, so it’s good for us to have an­other week in Aus­tralia and play the Mel­bourne Rebels next week.”

The Jaguares played fast direct rugby and crossed for five tries to Pablo Mat­era, Ma­tias Or­lando, Ben­jamin Ma­come, Agustin Creevy and Ma­tias Moroni. Fly-half Ni­co­las Sanchez landed three con­ver­sions and three penal­ties. It was an­other roller­coaster match for the trou­bled Waratahs, who have now con­ceded 130 points in their last three games and with one game left in the sea­son away to the Western Force next game they have won just four games out of 14 this year.

“It’s re­ally a shape of our year, it was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing, re­ally good, then re­ally bad and let­ting teams get so far in front at the start of the game,” Waratahs skip­per Michael Hooper said. “It’s a hit to our pride, but we’ll get back up, we’re just not get­ting it right on the field at the mo­ment and it’s just so frus­trat­ing.”

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