Super Rugby

Jaguares fight back to beat Cheetahs

Cape Town - The Jaguares emerged 34-33 winners against the Cheetahs in what was a highly entertaining Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

The Cheetahs scored four tries in the first half to the Jaguares’ two and at one stage had a 24-3 lead, but in the end it was the men from Argentina and their flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez who got over the line.

Ill-discipline had cost the Super Rugby debutants in the opening period, and at one stage they were down to 13 men.

But when their numbers were restored the Jaguares became a far more dangerous outfit, and by half-time they had clawed their way back to 17-24 as the Cheetahs began to run out of steam.

The hosts could not score a try in the second half, while the Jaguares scored two more as they began their Super Rugby venture with a victory.

Scorers

Cheetahs 33 (24)

Tries: Francois Venter, Torsten van Jaarsevld, Penalty Try, William Small-Smith

Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2)

Penalties: Zeilinga (2), Daniel Marais

Jaguares 34 (17)

Tries: Martin Landajo (2), Agustin Creevy, Rodrigo Baez

Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (4)

Penalty: Sanchez

Drop goal: Sanchez

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