Stormers Hand Jaguares Home Defeat

The Stormers won 13-8 against the Jaguares in a gruesome Super Rugby encounter at Estadio Jose
Amalfitani on Saturday.  Prior to the match, neither side boasted an impressive start to their campaign and both needed a win from this one.  As early as the fourth minute, the visitors were awarded a penalty and Kurt Coleman slotted home.

There was nothing to choose between the two sides until the 20th minute when Coleman calmly slotted yet another three-pointer to give his side a 6-0 lead.  Two minutes after, the deficit was cut to just three points thanks to a Nicolas Sanchez penalty.  In the 25th minute, the home side scored the first try of the encounter through Cheslin Kolbe who dodged eight players before dotting over the line to make it 13-3 after a successful conversion.

Despite being the weakest link on the pitch, the hosts did score a try of their own right on the stroke of half-time through Jeronimo De La Fuente.  The Cape side led 13-8 at the break.  Sanchez could have reduced the deficit but he missed a penalty in the 64th minute.  

Both sides refused to let anything past them in the second stanza, and despite numerous chances for both teams, neither tries nor penalties were scored in the second period and Robbie Fleck’s men held on to win the match 13-8, their fourth victory of the campaign and despite being dubbed as a side with a strong squad, the Argentines tasted defeat again.

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