The Jaguares have secured the top spot in the South African conference and are assured of a home quarter final.
With the Sunwolves in front of them this weekend they may even clinch the second place on the overall log which will ensure a home semi final as well if they make it that far.
For that to happen they need to Hurricanes to loose to the Blues with no bonus points and they will have to score a bonus point win over the Sunwolves which should not be too difficult at home.
This is a great position for the Jaguares to be in and they may just challenge for the title this time around.
With international players to call on they do have the players and they have shown the last month or so that they have the game to beat any team in this competition.
The thing that will scare most teams is that they are able to win away from home as much as when they are in their own back yard.
The Sunwolves looks to be in for a hiding to nothing this weekend which will complete another poor season in Super Rugby for the Japanese outfit.
With the prospect of being booted out after the 2020 season I do not see much changing next season and unfortunately this experiment can be put down as a huge fail for SANZAAR.
As it stand now we can expect a 50+ score for the Jaguares come Saturday with the Jaguares that will be planning how to do one step better than last year to reach the semi finals.
Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)
- This will be just the third meeting between the Jaguares and Sunwolves in Super Rugby, with each of the previous two games between them won by the home side on the day (one win apiece).
- The Jaguares have won eight of their last nine Super Rugby games, including their last four on the bounce; only once in their history in the competition have they won more in succession (7 wins from April to June in 2018).
- The Sunwolves have won only two of their previous 30 games away from home in Super Rugby (L28); however, both of those wins have come in the 2019 campaign.
- Only the Crusaders (8.6) have conceded fewer clean breaks per game than the Jaguares (8.7) thus far in Super Rugby 2019.
- Semisi Masirewa (Sunwolves) has made an average gain of 8.7m per carry this Super Rugby campaign, the most of any player to have made at least 100 carries.
Prediction: Jaguares by 40 points
Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (c), 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigro Bruni, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Francisco Gorrisen, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Matias Moroni.