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Preview – Emirates Lions v Jaguares


The Lions would have spent a large chunk of this week working on their lineouts,  they made a massive statement with their victory over the Sharks last week which was built largely on scrum dominance.

Swys de Bruin would not have been happy with the manner in which his charges surrendered their own lineout throws.

The Jaguares, in losing to the Stormers last week still managed to display some slick and quick hands when they had the ball and will be licking their lips at the prospect of grabbing turnover ball.

The Joburg side showed plenty guts in the dying stages of last weeks’ game which shows that talk of Swys not really having the change room as being premature.

If they tighten up shop a bit and secure their own set piece they should leave the visitors huffing and puffing for the thin Highveld air before too long.

The Jaguares have only won twice in South Africa, beating the Cheetahs in 2016 and the Kings in 2017 and I do not think that is changing this weekend.

The amount of penalties the Jaguares concede in a match is almost as much as most teams does in a season.

Negative play has never worked in Super Rugby and the Jaguares will have to get that out of their system if they want to be a team to recon with in this competition.

Players to watch:

Dyantyi had a dream start against the Sharks last week and we need this youngster to keep growing with a great attacking team. What we have seen last week is that this youngster has skills, speed and the power to be successful, expect plenty of tries from him this season.

Prediction: The Jaguares will keep on losing until they start playing positive rugby, Lions by 15 points


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobus Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Marco Jansen Van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Leonardo Senatore, 23 Ramiro Moyano

Venue: Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg

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  1. Clayton jy vergeet

    If Hacjivah Dayimani gets an extended run

    1,88 meters and 99kg as opposed to Kwagga’s 1,80 and 90kgs

    And he is FASTer than Kwagga in bleep test and the 40 meters.

    If he gets an extended run it’s game over. Wonder if inside center or wing may not be a place to use him…

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