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Lions tie Jaguares' tail
17 February 2018
Marnus Schoeman scored a hat-trick as the Emirates Lions claimed a 25-16 win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
It was a first win for the Lions in Argentina, having lost their previous three games there between 2016 and 2018.
While they were not at their free-flowing attacking best, the Lions out-scrummed the home side, with youngster Carlu Sadie in emphatic form.
The Lions started on the offensive, showing their ambition after winning a couple of early penalties and immediately opting for attacking lineouts. It was from the second lineout that flank Marnus Schoeman crossed for the opening try.
However, the Jaguares managed to put some pressure of their own onto the visitors, especially through the high ball and some well-timed rush defence. The hosts cut the deficit through a penalty from Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, who has replaced long-time incumbent Nicolás Sánchez.
The Lions picked up where they left off in the second half, and after surviving a massive Jaguares maul which went over 20m, formed one of their own to eventually see Schoeman cross for his hat-trick.
Jantjies had to produce a try-saving tackle as the Jaguares thought they had a potential match-winning try, but replays showed they had lost the ball forward over the line. The Bok flyhalf then importantly nailed his second penalty to take the Lions to a two-score advantage.
The home side went for the jugular in the closing stages of the match, but some key defensive interventions, particularly from turnover kingpin Malcolm Marx and captain Warren Whiteley, saw the Lions hold on for the win.
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Jaguares 16 – Emirates Lions 25
Strong Emirates Lions outfit for VSR opener
12 February 2018
Warren Whiteley will lead a strong Emirates Lions side when they take the field against the Jaguares in their Vodacom Super Rugby opener in Argentina on Saturday evening (23:40 SA time).
Carlu Sadie and Stephan Lewies will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Emirates Lions in the starting line-up. The bench includes new faces Frans van Wyk, Ruan Vermaak, Gianni Lombard and Wandisile Simelane. Each of the previous seven meetings between the Jaguares and the Emirates Lions have been won by the home team on the day. The Lions currently have four wins to the Jaguares' three.
Lions' hooker Malcolm Marx (27) won more turnovers than anyone else in Super Rugby 2018. Players not considered due to injury were were Kwagga Smith (calf strain, should be ready in a week), Stephan Lewies (minor pectoral tear, should be ready in a week), Cyle Brink (recovering from long-term injury), Robbie Coetzee (recovering from long-term injury), Johannes Jonker (recovering from long-term injury) and Ross Cronje (recovering from long-term injury).
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