The Jaguares made history in February 2016 when they took to the field in Bloemfontein as Argentina’s first team in Super Rugby. It was a milestone for the country’s rugby culture, and the chance for its brightest talents to compete in the toughest club competition. The team have risen to the challenge with a blend of skill, power and rugby instinct. Fans have come to expect not just intense scrummaging and mauling power, but incisive attacking lines from their centres and a gifted and pacey back three. It’s an exciting time to follow the Jaguares, so come and see them for yourself: check the fixtures and find your Jaguares Tickets here at Ticketbis!
The Jaguares – a new tradition in the making
After Argentina joined the Rugby Championships in 2012, the bid for a South American team in Super Rugby gathered momentum, supported by the influential Agustin Pichot. The Jaguares are effectively an Argentina All-Stars, playing in the magnificent, steep-tiered Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires, which also hosts the country’s international matches. However, the inclusion of Uruguay’s Nico Freitas in the Jaguares training squad – a move greeted warmly by the URU – sent a clear message that the new franchise are not simply the Pumas changing their spots. Other South American players, perhaps even Brazil’s Sevens squad, will have taken note.
The standard, however, is high. In their 2016 opener against the Cheetahs, the Jaguares showed not just the skill levels for Super Rugby, but the game management too – Sanchez kicked a crucial drop-goal and trusted his team to hold a narrow lead for the last ten minutes. The back division translated their pace and talent into points against top opposition, with Cordero, Moroni and Montero all scoring against the Chiefs and the Hurricanes early in their debut season, while a pack led by Agustin Creevy grew in confidence against the Tri-Nations forwards at set-pieces and with the ball in hand. The confidence boost was clear in 2017, when they pushed the Stormers close and hit their first three-match winning streak.
Great moments for the Jaguares
A big home win against the Cheetahs and a four-try victory against the Lions boosted the fans for what could have been a difficult second season. But for many, the individual highlight came against the Queensland Reds. From a simple back move, Ramiro Moyano cut inside, sidestepped through the midfield and blazed past the covering wing and fullback with a thrilling turn of speed.
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