A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Fresh off their first-ever Super Rugby finals appearance, can the side from Argentina consolidate their growth in 2019? Or was last season’s success just a flash in the pan? In the seventh part of our 2019 Super Rugby preview series, we cast our eye to the Jaguares. More Super Rugby 2019 Rugby Jaguares Coach: Gonzalo QuesadaCaptain: Jeronimo de la FuenteMajor signings: Gonzala Quesada (coach, Biarritz)Major departures: Nicolas Sanchez (Stade Francais), Juan Martin Hernandez (retired), Mario Ledesma (coach, Argentina) Squad Last season Won 9, lost 7, finished second in the South African Conference, seventh overall But they turned it around smartly, winning nine of their next 11 games to sit firmly in finals position at the pointy end of the season. Unfortunately, they fell out of form over the last fortnight and, by the time that debut finals appearance came around, they were no match for … [Read more...] about Are the Jaguares set for a fall down the Super Rugby ladder in 2019?
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It came as no surprise when the Waratahs Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and Bernard Foley suddenly clicked in a ten-minute second-half burst last night at Allianz Stadium to turn another humiliating defeat into a spine-tingling victory. The bigger question would be where were the big three in the previous 131 minutes? That’s the 80 minutes last week in a shock 40-31 loss to the Brumbies that cost the Waratahs second place on the overall Super Rugby ladder and a home semi. And the first 51 minutes last night when the Highlanders led 23-6 and were in total control of the sudden death quarterfinal. The Waratahs were stuffed at that stage, and there was no way they weren’t heading for the Super Rugby exit door. Then out of nowhere, the big three were suddenly magnificent. Two brilliant Beale busts sent Folau and Foley in for tries, a superb Folau bust saw Foley cross again and he converted all three. For Foley, it was a timely Super Rugby career-best 25 points. So from 23-6 down … [Read more...] about Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and Bernard Foley inspire a Super Rugby semi berth
The Sharks will find themselves in a must-win situation during Round 18 of the Super Rugby season when they travel to face the defensively strong, but struggling Stormers. Join The Roar for live scores from 1:15am (AEST). It’s been a frustrating season to say the least for the Stormers. At times, they have looked like a team capable of so much more than what they have actually produced on the field. The Cape Town-based outfit are now ten points out of the top eight sides in the competition and therefore, with only two rounds to play, can no longer make the finals. It’s frustrating in that they probably have the talent to do so, but their aim from here will be to rain on the Sharks parade. The Sharks have essentially been their own worst enemy. They have been dreadfully inconsistent with six wins from their 14 games, including only two of the last four. They bring a seven-point win over the Lions at home last week into this one. While the Lions are the top team in the South … [Read more...] about Stormers vs Sharks: Super Rugby live scores
The Crusaders go head-to-head with the Highlanders in Christchurch as both sides look to build momentum into the finals. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST). But the sub stories should not be ignored – this game matters! Kieran Read will likely take the field for kick off and get his first minutes of competitive rugby in 2018. He says that his back is feeling fine and the real issue is his match fitness and sharpness, so there’s a chance we’ll only get to see 40 to 50 minutes of him. It’s also a big game for the old warhorse Wyatt Crockett – the Crusaders legend will rack up his 200th Super Rugby game. Love him or hate him, to have 200 not out against your name in the professional era is impressive. The Crusaders might have talent across the park and be leading the overall competition but the international break and the bye last week means now is the time to get back up to speed and charge into the finals in peak form. … [Read more...] about Crusaders vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores, blog
A Pacific team in Super Rugby is an exciting prospect for Kieran Read, but not before the competition gets a major facelift. Following another successful New Zealand derby in Suva, calls for an expansion side based out of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga are getting louder. More rugby news Boyd laments horrible Hurricanes 40-minutes The All Blacks captain agrees with that sentiment, but believes the completion as it stands is unsustainable and expansion is out of the question until the conference system is scrapped. "It would be awesome to have them in a competition," Read told RadioLIVE. "The bigger issue is the state of the competition itself. It needs to be put into a better place. "I like the idea of a full round robin where you play everyone once, but we can't continue with this conference system moving forward. "They have to work something out there before expansion. A round robin or something along those lines would be fairer for everyone and result in a better product for the fans … [Read more...] about All Blacks captain Kieran Read rubbishes Super Rugby conference system