Looking at the match statistics the Chiefs should have won their quarterfinal early on Saturday morning SA time. However, the Jaguares carried the day and won the close encounter 21-16 to advance to the semi-final.
The Chiefs had more possession, carried the ball more and further, scrummed the Pumas to the point where they opted for lineouts instead of scrums in the too many instances where the Chiefs knocked on before the ball went out or put it in skew at their own lineouts. They also won more rucks and mauls and made more line breaks but could score only one try to the two of the Argentinians.
But too many handling errors, twice as many turnovers conceded, ill-discipline and a few wrong options sunk the Chiefs and the Pumas will play their next match at home in front of their very passionate crowd. And deservedly so. GThey were structured, sruck to their task and took the spoils.
From the Pumas point of view, their lapse in the second half nearly cost them. They had scored within the first 48 seconds and looked good for a win, but between the 27th and 47th minute allowed the Chiefs to score all 16 their points and take a deserved 16-8 lead.
They wrested back the advantage three minutes later and scored their 13 points in a continuation of the glut of points in the next nine minutes.
Then it was simply a matter of keeping the Chiefs out, which the Pumas did, aided by the Chiefs mistakes. The visitors could only add two penalties to their halftime score.
Jaguares (8) 21: Tries: Pablo Matera, Matias Moroni. Conversion: Joaquin Diaz Bonilla. Penalties: Dian Bonilla (3).
Chiefs (10) 16: Try: Lachlan Boshier. Conversion: Jack Debreczeni. Penalties: Debreczeni (2), Marty McKenzie.