Jaguares edge out Chiefs 19-23 in Rotorua

Nicolas Sanchez kicked eight points
Nicolas Sanchez kicked eight points
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Chiefs 19 - 23 Jaguares, Rotorua

Jaguares have registered their fourth consecutive win as they edged out Chiefs 19-23 in their Super Rugby face-off in Rotorua on Friday.

The win has seen Jaguares climb to the second position in South African Conference while Chiefs are at fourth in New Zealand group.

Damian McKenzie kicked an eighth-minute penalty to get the proceedings for Chiefs but 12 minutes later, Emiliano Boffelli helped Jaguares level the scores with a penalty of his own.

McKenzie restored the three-point lead for the home side with another penalty kick but the first try in the game came from Ramiro Moyano Joya in the 26th minute with Nicholas Sanchez improving it. However, with back to back penalties from McKenzie the New Zealand regional side ensured they headed into the break with a 12-10 lead.

Sanchez got Jaguares in front with a penalty after the break but Chiefs lost track when Michael Allardice and Liam Messam were sin-binned in successive minutes for a dangerous tackle and collapsing a maul and to make things worse, Jaguares were also awarded a penalty try.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Sanchez kicked his second penalty kick to take the scoreline 12-21 and despite a last-gasp try from Jesse Parete and a conversion from McKenzie, Chiefs fell short by two points.

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