After sitting out last weekend the Stormers return to action on Friday night when they take on Jaguares in Round 5 of Super Rugby at Newlands, Cape Town
Stormers v Jaguares, Friday 15th March, Cape Town, KO 19:10 (South African time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Refs: Marius van der Westhuizen, Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Christe du Preez
Weather Forecast – Cape Town
The Stormers have 2 wins and 1 defeat against their name and all 3 of those matches were South African derby’s. They bounced back from a 40-3 hiding away to the Bulls in Round 1 to edge out the Lions 19-17 thanks to a very late try in their only home game to date. In Round 3 the Stormers were in Durban for a date with the Sharks and they came away with a 16-11 win.
The Stormers have scored just 2 tries this season and coming into this round they were bottom of a fairly congested South African Conference although they do have a game in hand on all the other sides. With the Sharks and the Bulls on a bye this week this is an opportunity to make up some ground and victory would see the Stormers jump into second spot in this division.
In 2018 the Stormers won 6 of 8 home games including a 28-20 victory over Jaguares in Round 1.
Jaguares landed in South Africa for a Round 4 clash with the Lions in Johannesburg and they went down 47-39. A late flurry of points for the Argentine side saw them close the gap on the scoreboard in the closing moments but that was their second defeat of the season to the Lions who won 25-16 in Buenos Aires in Round 1.
In between those games Jaguares put together back to back home wins, 27-12 against the Bulls in Round 2 and 23-19 against the Blues in Round 3.
Their record in South Africa comprises of 2 wins and 13 defeats with the victories coming in their first Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in 2016 and the following season they beat the Kings in Port Elizabeth.
If Jaguares were to win this game with a bonus point they would go 1 point clear of the Bulls at the top of the SA Conference.
Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Damian Willemse
Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet (captain) 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matias Moroni 12 Bautista Ezcurra 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 9 Tomas Cubelli 8 Javier Ortega Desio 7 Tomas Lezana 6 Pablo Matera 5 Tomas Lavanini 4 Guido Petti 3 Santiago Medrano 2 Julian Montoya 1 Mayco Vivas
Substitutes: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
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Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 Buenos Aires Jaguares 25-14 Stormers (Tries 3-2)
2018 Cape Town Stormers 28-20 Jaguares (Tries 3-2)
2017 Cape Town Stormers 32-25 Jaguares (Tries 4-3)
2016 Buenos Aires Jaguares 8-13 Stormers (Tries 1-1)
Stormers -7.5 points widely available
Jaguares +7.5 points widely available
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of the last update but are subject to change.
Jaguares rung the changes for the Lions game and ought to be stronger here which could spell trouble for the Stormers who are battling to get the scoreboard moving. However the home side will take plenty from a rare away win last time out and their form at Newlands is solid enough so to me this looks a tricky game to call.
I’m going to put up a couple of small and speculative plays, the first being a tie in the try count which has always being close when these sides have met. I’ll also go with the visitors to lead at half time and the Stormers to hit back and lead by full time, more of a gut feel call than anything I could justify in writing.
Bet: 0.5 units Most tries, tie 6/1 BetXchange
0.5 units Halftime / Fulltime, Jaguares/Stormers 27/5 Sunbet
(Unit Scale 1 to 5)
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