Cape Town – The Jaguares returned to winning ways when they claimed a deserved
25-22 come-from-behind victory over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.
As the scoreline suggests, this
was a thrilling encounter although the Rebels will be kicking themselves as the
dominated for large periods. Both sides scored three tries apiece although the
visitors finished stronger and eventually took control of proceedings in the
The win means the Jaguares move
into fourth place on the South African Conference table, above the Bulls, while
are still at the top of the Australian Conference although that situation could
change if the Waratahs beat the Reds later on Saturday.
The Jaguares had the better of
the early exchanges and opened the scoring in the eighth minute via a Nicolas
The home side soaked up the early
pressure and three minutes after that penalty they took the lead courtesy of a
well-taken try from Billy Meakes after Will Genia laid the groundwork with a
brilliant line break in the build-up.
Jack Debreczeni added the extras
which extended the Rebels lead and they continued to dominate as the half
That dominance reaped reward in
the 18th minute when Debreczeni and Meakes combined to create space for Dane
Haylett-Petty inside the Jaguares’ 22 and the full-back offloaded to Marika
Koroibete, who crossed in the left-hand corner.
The rest of the half was evenly
contested although no further points were scored during that period as both
sides committed numerous unforced errors on attack.
The Jaguares had a chance to
narrow the gap on the half hour-mark when Adam Coleman was penalised for a high
tackle on Tomas Lavanini but Sanchez’s shot at goal was off target.
That meant the Rebels held a 14-3
lead at half-time but the Jaguares reduced the deficit five minutes after the
restart when Sanchez landed a penalty after Amanaki Mafi infringed at a ruck.
Five minutes later, the Rebels
scored their second try with Dane Haylett-Petty rounding off after Meakes and
Genia combined brilliantly in the build-up.
The visitors did not take that
lying down and shortly afterwards, Sebastian Cancelliere crossed for their
first try after great work from Joaquin Tuculet, who glided through a gap in
the Rebels defence before getting a pass out to Cancelliere.
Sanchez’s conversion made it a
six-point game and the Rebels were dealt another setback when Tetera Faulkner
was sent to the sin bin for a cynical foul on defence close to his try-line.
Two minutes later, the visitors
were rewarded with their second try when Ramiro Moyano showed great
determination to power through three defenders on his way over the whitewash.
Sanchez failed to convert which
meant the Rebels held a slender 19-18 lead but Debreczeni added a penalty in
the 65th minute which gave his side some breathing space.
Momentum was with the visitors
during the latter stages of the match, however, and in the 75th minute Leonardo
Senatore charged down an attempted clearance from Michael Ruru inside the
Rebels’ 22 before the veteran back-row regathered. Senatore was brought to
ground but the ball was shifted to Bautista Ezcurra, who cantered in for his
side’s third try.
Sanchez slotted the conversion
which gave his side a three-point lead but more drama was to follow during the
game’s closing stages. This, when Rebels captain Adam Coleman turned down the
chance to take a shot at goal when his side were awarded a penalty just outside
the Jaguares’ 22.
Instead, the Rebels opted for a
scrum but despite taking the ball through several phases, the Rebels won a crucial
turnover and held on for the win.
Tries: Bill Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Dane Haylett-Petty
Conversions: Jack Debreczeni (2)
Tries: Sebastian Cancelliere, Ramiro Moyano, Bautista Ezcurra
Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (2)
Penalties: Sanchez (2)
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Sefa Naivalu
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Joaquin Tuculet