Jaguares bare teeth to shock the Rebels

The Rugby Paper - - Super Rugby - By SAM JACK­SON

THREE sec­ond-half tries in­spired the Jaguares to a come­from-be­hind 25-22 vic­tory at the Rebels.

It ap­peared the hosts would strengthen their po­si­tion at the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence sum­mit when they moved into a 19-6 lead with half an hour to play, but the Jaguares stormed back to move off the foot of the South African Con­fer­ence.

“We didn’t have the start that we wanted but I think in the sec­ond half we re­ally wanted to get the win,” Jaguares cap­tain Pablo Mat­era said.

The boot of Ni­co­las Sanchez drew first blood for the vis­i­tors but they found them­selves 14-3 down at the in­ter­val, Billy Meakes scor­ing the first try fol­low­ing Will Ge­nia’s break be­fore Marika Koroi­bete crossed from Dane Haylett-Petty’s off­load.

Sanchez slot­ted a sec­ond penalty af­ter half-time but the lead was stretched to 13 when Haylett-Petty touched down.

The mo­men­tum soon shifted, how­ever, as Se­bas­tian Can­cel­liere went over to re­duce the deficit and when the hosts’ Tetera Faulkner was sin-binned for cyn­i­cal play the Jaguares cap­i­talised as Ramiro Moy­ano held off three de­fend­ers to score.

Sanchez slot­ted the ex­tras to leave the Jaguares trail­ing by one, which be­came four as Jack De­breczeni knocked over a kick, but the Ar­gen­tinian out­fit were not to be de­nied as Leonardo Se­na­tore charged down Michael Ruru’s kick and fed Bautista Ezcurra to score.

With full-time show­ing on the clock, the Rebels were awarded a penalty which, if kicked, would have en­sured they would draw the match and stay on top of the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence.

But they chose to go for a try and af­ter be­ing sacked at a maul and lost pos­ses­sion which al­lowed the Jaguares to clear to touch.

Rebels cap­tain Adam Cole­man said he fully sup­ported the col­lec­tive de­ci­sion to give up the cer­tainty of a draw for the faint pos­si­bil­ity of a win.

“We’re not here for a draw. All or noth­ing,” Cole­man said.

Fly-half Beauden Bar­rett put in a sparkling all-round dis­play as the

Hur­ri­canes moved to the top of the New Zealand Con­fer­ence with a 25-13 vic­tory over the Chiefs.

Bar­rett scored one try with a fine solo ef­fort and set up an­other for cen­tre Ngani Laumape.

In-form wing Ben Lam had opened the scor­ing for the Hur­ri­canes, who took a 10-6 half-time lead, while the Chiefs’ lone score came from flank Lach­lan Boshier.

Bar­rett’s bril­liance just af­ter half-time saw the Hur­ri­canes streak ahead in the con­test and they were able to com­fort­ably hold on in the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

They took over at the top of their con­fer­ence from the Cru­saders, who have a bye this week­end.

The Brumbies ca­pit­u­lated in the fi­nal quar­ter to lose an oth­er­wise harda fought match 43-17 to the High­landers.

Well in the hunt through 60 min­utes, the Aus­tralian side con­ceded three tries in quick suc­ces­sion to notch a fourth loss in seven matches.

All Blacks full-back Ben Smith was the star man, scor­ing two of the High­landers' six tries.

While it was a 34th suc­ces­sive win for a Kiwi team over Aus­tralian op­po­si­tion, the High­landers were given scare for long pe­ri­ods.

The Brumbies boasted a su­pe­rior scrum and were very ef­fec­tive at the break­down, par­tic­u­larly through flanker David Po­cock.

Lima Sopoaga and Smith scored the High­landers' first-half tries and their lead was pushed out to 15-10 through a Sopoaga penalty just af­ter the break.

But winger Waisake Na­holo raced 80m to score from an in­ter­cep­tion and sweep­ing tries by Smith, Shan­non Frizell and Fletcher Smith took the win­ning mar­gin out to equal the big­gest the High­landers have reg­is­tered against the Brumbies.

De­feat for the Rebels af­forded the Waratahs the chance to re­place them atop the Con­fer­ence ta­ble and they took full ad­van­tage with a 37-16 vic­tory over the Reds.

Taqele Nai­yar­a­voro went over twice in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing an in­ter­cep­tion score, and the bonus point was se­cured af­ter the clock had gone red as Harry John­son-Holmes claimed his first try for the club, Bernard Fo­ley adding the ex­tras to fin­ish with 17 points in an im­pres­sive dis­play.

Winger Filipo Dau­gunu scored the Reds only try.

Winger Jor­dan Hy­land scored a brace as the Blues en­sured that the Sun­wolves re­main win­less in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion with a 24-10 vic­tory in Tokyo.

The Ja­panese side, who de­feated the Blues last sea­son in their only pre­vi­ous en­counter, led 10-5 at half-time thanks to Tim­o­thy Lafaele’s con­verted try and a Yu Ta­mura penalty prior to Hy­land’s break­away ef­fort for the Blues.

How­ever, weak tack­ling from the hosts af­ter the break al­lowed the Blues to surge 19-10 ahead with tries from Akira Ioane and re­place­ment Dal­ton Pa­palii. Hy­land added his sec­ond of the day in the dy­ing min­utes.

The Bulls moved up to third in the South African con­fer­ence with a 40-10 vic­tory over the Sharks.

War­rick Ge­lant scored a hat-trick, his sec­ond in as many games against the men from Dur­ban.

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

Master­class: Beauden Bar­rett starred for Hur­ri­canes

Joy: Bautista Ezcurra cel­e­brates his try for the Jaguares

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