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The Jaguares have secured two wins in a row after holding on to defeat the Blues in a tight contest in Buenos Aires.
A courageous win for the Jaguares given that they had a man sent to the bin. The Blues remain winless and certainly had their chances to steal the win but once again fail to close out a contest.
The pressure builds for the New Zealand outfit, the Jaguares meanwhile after a poor opening against the Lions have secured impressive wins against the Blues and Bulls.
Are Argentina’s sole Super Rugby club eager to mount a charge for the title? Time will tell.
The Jaguares impressed in their win over the Bulls and will look to make it two wins in a row against the struggling Blues in Buenos Aires. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 8:40am AEDT.
Argentina’s lone Super Rugby outfit bounced back from an opening week defeat to the Lions to secure a well-deserved win over the Bulls.
The Jaguares scored three tries to nil, an impressive feat considering the Bulls piled on the points against the Stormers a week earlier.
Now, the Jaguares host a Blues outfit still struggling for form away from home. After pushing the Crusaders very close at Eden Park, the Blues travelled to South Africa and were outplayed by the Sharks and face the prospect of another poor start to the season if they fail to improve tonight.
The Jaguares have made just a couple of changes to the side that beat the Bulls for the clash against the Blues in Buenos Aires.
Juan Cruz Mallia has been handed a start at fullback, with Joaquin Tuculet dropping back to the bench.
The other change is in the midfield, with Matias Orlando shifting closer to the action at inside centre where he partners Matias Moroni and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias drops to the bench.
The Blues have made four changes to their starting XV plus a positional switch as they hunt their first win of the season.
Melani Nanai moves from the wing to fullback, with youngster Tanielu Tele’a called up to start on the right flank.
After missing the loss to the Sharks, Ma’a Nonu returns at inside-centre in place of Sonny Bill Williams.
Augustine Pulu starts at halfback and there’s one change to the pack, with Alex Hodgman starting at loosehead prop and All Black Karl Tu’inukuafe dropping to the reserves.
This should be a highly entertaining affair with the outcome very much in the air. The Jaguares impressed in their win over the Bulls but their early season form is still below par. The Blues on the other hand rarely travel well and, despite possessing numerous All Blacks stars, remain a class below the other New Zealand teams.
With this in mind, the Jaguares should be favoured at home but a Blues victory wouldn’t surprise.
Jaguares by 7
JAGUARES (15-1): Juan Cruz Mallia, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Tomas Cubelli, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera (c), Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Agustin Creevy, Mayco Vivas
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Enrique Piertto, Matias Alemanni, Rodrigo Bruni, Martin Landajo, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Joaquin Tuculet
BLUES (15-1): Melani Nanai, Tanielu Tele’a, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Rieko Ioane, Otere Black, Augustine Pulu; Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Josh Goodhue, Patrick Tuipulotu (c), Ofa Tuungafasi, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman.
Reserves: Matt Moulds, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Sione Mafileo, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Matt Matich, Jonathan Ruru, Harry Plummer, Sonny Bill Williams.
Time: 8:40am AEDT
Venue: Jose Amalfitani Stadium
Betting: Jaguares $1.74, Blues $2.10