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● Not much should be ex­pected from the Sun­wolves, but the Jaguares have to de­liver at some point in this cam­paign. The Ar­gen­tinian side have promised much but de­liv­ered lit­tle. This has been ap­par­ent against the South African sides, who have found the trip to South Amer­ica ex­tremely ir­ri­tat­ing. It’s against New Zealand where they’ve come un­stuck — badly. They’ve wanted to play like them, which works to an ex­tent be­fore the highly skil­ful and supremely fit New Zealan­ders use their su­pe­rior con­di­tion­ing to see off the Ar­gen­tines. For a team that picks a bunch of in­ter­na­tion­als, a 10th-place fin­ish with seven wins from 15 games was a poor re­turn. To cor­rect that statis­tic and be­come a force to be reck­oned with, they need to solve their dis­ci­plinary prob­lems and re­learn how to bal­ance their tac­tics. They’ve got the hang of bro­ken play but once they re­gain their tac­ti­cal kick­ing and for­ward prow­ess, they’ll be a hand­ful for any of their op­po­nents. The Sun­wolves will spring one, if not two sur­prises when teams have their guards down but that’s pretty much all that should be ex­pected from them.

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