The Jaguares won everything but the scrums and have posted a firm warning: watch us, playing as Argentina, in the World Cup!
They scored 20 points in as many minutes, crossed the tryline five time to the Brumbies once and won their Buenos Aires semi-final 39-7.
The Canberra side were outplayed in the lineouts, found the defence of the home side impenetrable and were, even considering their 11 000 km journey to get to Argentina, disappointing. They simply couldn’t absorb the unrelenting pressure against a side that reached their first final after only their fourth season in Super Rugby.
The Jaguares will now play the winner of the match between Crusaders and the Hurricanes later on Saturday morning. Should Crusaders win, the Argentinians will have to travel to Christchurch, and in the unlikely event that the Hurricanes can win against odds stretching a number of years, the Jaguares will host their first final.
Even marginally more possession, the home side beat 31 defenders and made eight clean breaks to the eight and two f respectively of the Brumbies, who missed 31 of 162 tackles to only six from 119 attempts by the Jaguares.
With a clean lineout sheet the home side were also superior. The Brumbies lost four balls on their own throw.
However, the Jaguares woes in the scrums continued and could prove costly in the final if not rectified. How that is to be done, is a moot point, however. They have struggled in this facet throughout the year.
Jaguares (20) 39: Tries - Tomas Cubelli, Tomas Lavanini, Matias Orlando (2), Emiliano Boffelli. Conversions: Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (4). Penalties: Bonilla (2)
Brumbies (7) 7: Try: Folau Fainga'a. Conversion: Christian Lealiifano