The Hurricanes lost their first home match against an overseas opponent since 2015 when the Jaguares carried on with last year’s impressive visit to Australasia with their four from four record by beating them 28-20 in Wellington.
The Jaguares win on Saturday has huge repercussions for the closely contested SA Conference, while the loss does not really affect the Canes who could hardly catch up with leaders Crusaders and seem unlikely to be dislodged from their second position. The victory took the Argentinian side to the top of the standings, at least for the time being.
Guts and the will to win against a side that made far too many errors brought the Jaguares victory. The Hurricanes did the running and made the metres, carried more and beat more defenders.
The Jaguares had to make 185 tackles of which they botched 37, the Hurricanes missed 22 from 109.
They out-scrummed the Argentinians on their put-in, but turnovers and four lost lineouts did have an effect in a match where the home side seldom looked like the second-best side in the competition.
Hurricanes (8) 20: Tries: Vaea Fifita, Ngani Laumape, Kane Leaupepe. Conversion: Jordie Barrett. Penalty: Barrett.
Jaguares (21) 28: Tries: Penalty try, Agustin Creevy, Jeronimo De La Fuente, Julian Montoya Conversions: Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (3).