Jaguares stun Hurricanes to move second in South African Conference

Jaguares registered their ninth win
Jaguares registered their ninth win

Hurricanes 20-28 Jaguares, Westpac Stadium

Jaguares managed to hold off Hurricanes with a tight 20-28 win in their Super Rugby encounter played at Westpac Stadium on Friday.

This is Jaguares' ninth win from 13 games as they moved to the second place in the South African Conference while Hurricanes hold the second place in New Zealand group despite the defeat.

Vaea Fifita gave a head start for Hurricanes with the opening try in the first minute after a build up from Jordie Barrett. Their lead though lasted only 15 minutes when a grubber kick from Joaquin Diaz Bonilla was punched away by Barrett which led to his sin-bin and to make things worse for the hosts, Jaguares were awarded a penalty try.

The Argentina side doubled their tally with Agustin Creevy dotting down in the 25th minute off the back of a lineout drive deep inside Hurricanes territory.

Hurricanes replied with a penalty kick from Barrett but Jaguares had their third try in the 34th minute - courtesy Jeronimo de la Fuente as the teams went into the break with a 8-21 scoreline.

The Hurricanes started the second half in the same fashion as first with Ngani Laumape dotting down in the 50th minute before Julian Montoya's try in the 66th minute ensured Jaguares had a handy lead of 13-28.

Kane Leaupepe scored a consolation try for Hurricanes in the closing stage but that could not prevent Jaguares from completing an eight-point win.