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2019 Super Rugby finalists the Jaguares will be chasing their second win on the trot against the Hurricanes having defeated the New Zealand outfit in Wellington last season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 10.00am AEDT.
The Jaguares are usually slow starters when the Super Rugby season gets underway, but that all changed last week as they began the 2020 campaign with a thumping win over the Lions in Buenos Aires.
While not perfect, such a dominant performance justifies why the Jaguares are once again (at their best) a significant title contender, falling to the all-conquering Crusaders in the final last season in a well-contested affair.
It is important to note as well that the Jaguares are also keen to erase what was a very underwhelming performance from the Pumas at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The locals were expecting at least a quarter-final birth even in a tough group containing England and France and the early exit left a sour taste in the mouths of some fans.
This morning, the Jaguares host a Hurricanes outfit coming off a 27-nil defeat to the Stormers of South Africa. The New Zealand outfit was comprehensively outplayed but should be favoured to bounce back somewhat despite the heavy travel.
Jordie Barrett and TJ Perenara again will have the majority of responsibility on their shoulders as the All Blacks pair aim to orchestrate an upset away from home.
The Hurricanes will also have to keep an eye out on Matias Moroni, who scored a double against the Lions last week. He is a superb finisher and when the Jaguares get on a roll with the ball, Moroni is usually the player finishing things off.
This should be a thoroughly entertaining affair between two attacking-minded teams. The Hurricanes should post some points on the board this week after being shut out by the Stormers, but a confident Jaguares team at home should be good for the win.
Jaguares by ten.
Time: 10.00am AEDT
Venue: Jose Amalfitani Stadium
Coverage: Live Kayo Sports, Fox Sports
Betting: Jaguares $1.49, Hurricanes $2.63
Santiago Carreras, Sebastian Cancelliere, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), Emiliano Boffelli, Domingo Miotti, Tomas Cubelli, Rodrigo Bruni, Marcos Kremer, Francisco Gorrissen, Lucas Paulos, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas
Reserves: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joel Sclavi, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomas Albornoz, Santiago Chocobares
Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Billy Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Perenara (c), Gareth Evans, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Scott Scrafton, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong
Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Vaea Fifita, Jamie Booth, Fletcher Smith, Vince Aso