2019 Lions Super Rugby Preview
February 16, 2019 - The match was played in Buenos Aires on Saturday 16 February 2019, and kicked off at 23:40pm SA Time.
The Lions have never won in Buenos Aires since the Jaguares joined Super Rugby in 2016, but this year it was the 1st fixture for both teams in the competition, and the Lions decided to pick their strongest available side and targeted the game for a win. This stratgegy clearly paid off, as they managed to win the match 25-16, with Marnus Schoeman scoring a hat-trick.
The Lions took an early 5-0 lead in the match, when Marnus Schoeman powered over for a try from a driving maul in the 3rd minute, but then the Jaguares hit back with a converted try of their own and two penalties to make it 13-5 in the favour of the home side.
Ten minutes before the break, Elton Jantjies reduced the deficit with a penalty, to make the score 13-8, and then the Lions had a monster scrum on the Jaguares try-line, from which Marnus Schoeman picked up and went with the turn on the left hand side to score. Jantjies added the conversion to put the Lions in a 15-13 lead at the break.
In the second half the Lions were the 1st to score when Marnus Schoeman scored his 3rd try, another one from close range with the forwards doing the work. Jantjies added the conversion, to make it 22-13 for the visitors.
The Jaguares then kicked another penalty with about 20 minutes left in the match to put some pressure on the Lions, but about ten minutes later Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty to make it a nine point game again, and then the Lions defended extremely well to the end of the game to get their 1st win in Argentina, the score 25-16 in their favour.
Referee: Mike Fraser
AR1: Brendon Pickerill
AR2: Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Santiago Borsani
Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortego Desio, 7 Rodrigo Bruni, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Marco Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Matias Moroni.
Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Courtnall Skosan, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Hacjivah Dayimani, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Marvin Orie, 4. Rhyno Herbst, 3. Carlu Sadie, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16. Pieter Jansen, 17. Frans van Wyk, 18. Jacobie Adriaanse, 19. Ruan Vermaak, 20. Robert Kruger, 21. Gianni Lombard/Dillon Smit, 22. Wandisile Simelane, 23. Ruan Combrinck.
Jaguares: 16 (13): Tries: Medrano. Conversions: Diaz Bonilla. Penalties: Diaz Bonilla (3)
Lions 25 (15): Tries: Schoeman (3). Conversions: Jantjies (2). Penalties: Jantjies (2)