JAGUARES

NZ Rugby World - - Super Rugby 2018 -

RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

Like last year, the vol­ume of traf­fic is tiny but the Jaguares have made one sig­nif­i­cant move – they have hired Mario Ledesma as head coach.

This dude is wildly emo­tional but he’s also a smart op­er­a­tor and hav­ing been with the Wal­la­bies for the last four years, he’ll be com­ing home with some good ideas.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

They will per­se­vere with the tran­si­tion to a more ex­pan­sive game but we sus­pect that they will also spend a lit­tle more at­ten­tion on their set piece. Any team coached by Ledesma is go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive in the scrum.

GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS?

The Pu­mas fell a long way in 2017 and we think some of that will be re­flected in the Jaguares. Con­fi­dence is low and they have such a hor­rid travel sched­ule that ev­ery­thing is against them.

They might have one more year to strug­gle be­fore they fi­nally come good.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

We’d like to see them make their pres­ence felt and sit in the up­per half of the ta­ble. But we can’t see it hap­pen­ing this year.

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