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Brumbies beaten by Jaguares 25-20

Blake Enever of the Brumbies. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
22nd April, 2018
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Argentina’s Jaguares have completed Australia’s round of Super Rugby misery with a 25-20 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

The result on Sunday means all four Australian sides have lost to overseas opposition this round.

Down 13-0 early, the Brumbies got back to within three points by halftime following a two tries by fullback Tom Banks.

But their failure to post points when the Jaguares were down to 14 men early in the second half proved costly as the South American side extended their lead soon after getting winger Emiliano Boffelli back from the sin bin for tackling Henry Speight in the air.

Centre Jeronimo de la Fuente crossed just before the hour and five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez converted to put the Jaguares 10 points ahead.

The Brumbies got the deficit back to three with 13 minutes to go when winger Chance Peni escaped three defenders to score and five-eight Wharenui Hawera converted.

But Boffeli atoned for his earlier indiscretion, crossing in the left-hand corner in the 71st minute for the match-clinching score.

The Jaguares claimed their third Australian scalp of the season having beaten the Waratahs in Buenos Aires back in round three and the Rebels in Melbourne last week.

It also gave them their second double in Australia in successive seasons after wins over the Rebels and Tahs last year and they are their first overseas team to win their first four matches on Australian soil.

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The Jaguares dominated the first half-hour, with centre Matias Orlando crashing over from close range after a patient 18-phase move.

Sanchez converted and kicked two penalties before the Brumbies finally woke up and applied pressure.

Banks crossed in the 35th minute from a Hawera pass and the two combined again on the stroke of halftime when the fullback pounced on a perfectly placed kick from his pivot.

Hawrea salvaged a bonus point for the Brumbies with a penalty after the siren.