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The Jaguares will aim to win their fourth match in a row and lock up top spot in the South African conference ahead of the Super Rugby finals as they take on the still alive Sharks in Buenos Aires. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:40am (AEST).
The topsy-turvy South African conference is finally starting to make a little bit of sense as we hit the final two weeks of the season, and the side who have emerged top of the pile are the Jaguares.
While they could still find a way to lose it all, they are on top by five competition points after a stunning road trip which brought them victories over the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Reds.
They now finish their season with home games against the Sharks and Sunwolves, and as much as one win will be enough to see them granted an automatic home final in the first week of action, so there is plenty riding on it.
They have been in fantastic form, although the trip halfway back around the world certainly has the potential to put them on the back foot with a slow start the likely outcome in this encounter.
The Sharks, on the other hand, are right on the cusp of the eight, sitting with a wildcard spot at this stage, but potentially needing to win both of their matches.
They have been their own worst enemy in recent weeks, shooting themselves in the foot with poor discipline and turnovers in crucial spots to lose games against the Hurricanes and Chiefs. There was a win against the Lions in the middle which has kept them alive and kicking, but anything less than a pair of wins from their final two games could leave them without a place at the table once finals kick-off.
The Durban-based outfit must have first priority on tightening up their defence against the dangerous counter attack of the Jaguares if they are to win though, having let in 97 points during what has been a pretty average last month of rugby.
The Jaguares have been cruising, the Sharks not so. Even on the back of the long flight back from Australia, the Jaguares should have what it takes to get the job done at home and make next week’s fixture with the Sunwolves a virtual dead rubber.
Jaguares by 10.
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