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Jaguares vs Stormers
Super Rugby, 1 July, 2018
|Estadio Jose Amalfitani|
|Fulltime - Jaguares 25, Stormers 14|
|Referee: Angus Gardner|
|Touch judges: Pablo Deluca & Jose Covasi|
|TMO: Santiago Borsani|
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The Jaguares can all but confirm their spot in the Super Rugby finals when they host the Stormers in the final game of the weekend. Join The Roar for live scores from 3:40am (AEST).
With the first round back from the June international break leaving the competition just three weeks from the beginning of the finals, a hot run of form in the lead-up has the Jaguares in pole position for a top eight spot.
While they started the season as poorly as they ended the last, the Argentinian outfit put on a splendid display of rugby consistently to fly up the table.
Winning six straight, including the first four of those away from home have brought the Jaguares onto the map as a force to be reckoned with, and while it’ll be tough playing finals away from home, their form suggests they will be able to.
The Mario Ledesma-coached outfit have had their exponential rise from zero to hero on the back of a defensive line which refuses to crack, no matter the situation. They have only conceded more than 30 points in their run of wins once – against the South African-conference leading Lions.
While their attack could still use some work, it’s doing the little things right and a willingness to compete when under pressure allowing the Argentinan outfit to fly high.
The Stormers, on the other hand, had a similarly poor start to the season, but have only risen to the heights of inconsistency since, now desperately needing a win in a game which has the potential to end their season on the spot.
They had three straight losses leading into the international window and with two of those games at home and the other against the last-placed Sunwolves, it’s hard to feel sorry for the plight of the Stormers.
The Cape-Town based outfit’s attacking performances have been best described as weak, with not anywhere enough threatening play. If that continues, they barely stand a chance against the Jaguares.
The Jagaures were very strong before the international break and Buenos Aires is slowly becoming a tough place to play. The Stormers have been inconsistent and their push to the finals will virtually come to an end here.
Jaguares by 9.
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