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Jaguares vs Crusaders
Super Rugby, 8 April, 2018
|Estadio Jose Amalfitani|
|Fulltime - Jaguares 14, Crusaders 40|
|Referee: Marius van der westhuizen|
|Touch judges: Federico Anselmi & Pablo Deluca|
|TMO: Santiago Borsani|
The Jaguares will return home in Round 8 of the Super Rugby season fresh of a bye, aiming to keep their run of form alive against the Crusaders. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:40am (AEST).
The Jaguares have certainly started the 2018 season better than the last one, winning two of their first six matches.
While it doesn’t look impressive on paper, they have found some form at home in the last few weeks.
Before their bye last week, the Argentine outfit had played three straight games at home, managing to pick up strong victories over the Waratahs and Lions, where they ran up 49 points against the strong South African outfit.
While that was separated by a loss to the Reds, their form has been much improved and if they can get their attack firing like it has been, they may be hard to stop.
What almost isn’t debatable though, is that the Crusaders are a stronger side than both the Waratahs and Lions, who they ran up so many points on.
Without their attack, the Jaguares may struggle to hang onto the defence given their defensive effort recently.
While the Crusaders are still one of the best sides in the competition, they haven’t quite been themselves this season, despite winning four of their six.
They have struggled to assert dominance with regular authority, settling for a scrappy 14-8 win over the Lions last week. It’s the first time they have showed any real sign of consistency, winning two straight after heavily beating the Bulls the week before.
Their attack has been a little up and down, so they, unlike the Jaguares, will be relying on this being a low-scoring game. Their defence has generally been good though, so logic says they should be able to do that and stay in front of the game.
The Jaguares are better at home, but the Crusaders are a professional outfit and as they continue to chase top spot in the New Zealand conference, it’s hard to see them losing this one.
Crusaders by 12.
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