Jaguares bully limp Bulls
Brenden Nel
May 20, 2018

The Jaguares took another step towards a playoff place as they demolished a limp Vodacom Bulls side 54-24 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires.

The Bulls left for the Argentine capital promising a game of fire and pace, but delivered little as they were bullied up front, had no luck at the breakdown and missed a plethora of tackles out wide as the Jaguares dominated almost every phase.

The Bulls attack looked stale and sterile, a long way from the sort of style of rugby that John Mitchell’s side has produced of late. And their defence at times looked disjointed and struggled with the Jaguares pace of play.

The few opportunities the Bulls did have, they fluffed, and while two second half tries made their scoreline look a bit more respectable, it was far from the performance they needed in their quest for taking the points from the game.

The Jaguares scored 34 points in the second half to underline their dominance and continue their march on towards a possible playoff spot.

It started badly for the Bulls when they simply couldn’t contain the pressure the Jaguares put them under. In the second minute Agustin Creevy picked up a loose ball in front of the line to score, but luckily for the Bulls, the TMO saw a knock on.

They weren’t so lucky the next time around as in the 7th minute the Jaguares exploited the outside defensive lapses, to see Nicolas Sanchez score an easy try.

The first time the Bulls had the ball they looked dangerous. Manie Libbok put Jesse Kriel into space, band the recycled ball found its way to Warrick Gelant for another try to level the scores.

Sanchez’ boot put the home side 13-7 up with two penalties before the Bulls lost another chance when Thembelani Bholi lost the ball over the line. A Pollard penalty brought them within three, but a blindside break on the halftime whistle was crucial for the home side as Sanchez found Bautista Delguy, who scored the first of his two tries.

At 20-10 down the Bulls were staring down the barrel but still had a chance to get themselves back into the game. But tries by Marcos Kremer, who twisted out of three tackles that should hav been made, and Delguy’s second – a simple shift to the wing with the Bulls committing too many at the breakdown, killed off any dream of a comeback.

Mattias Orlando scored a beautiful try off a break by Jeronimo De la Fuente as the Jaguares rolled on.

Nic de Jager grabbed one back with a rolling maul try and Andre Warner collected a late cross kick to take the Bulls into the 20s, but they were never close to matching their opponents.

And when Emiliano Boffelli dotted down in the final minute of the game, it was the last nail in the coffin for a poor Bulls performance.



Tries: Nicolas Sanchez, Bautista Delguy (2), Marcos Kremer, Mattias Orlando, Sebastian Cancelliere, Emiliano Boffelli

Conversion: Sanchez (6)

Penalties: Sanchez (2)

Vodacom Bulls

Tries: Warrick Gelant, Nic de Jager, Andre Warner

Conversion: Handre Pollard, Manie Libbok (2)

Penalty: Pollard

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