Super Rugby 2019: Highlanders hold on to beat charging Jaguares in Dunedin

The Highlanders have held on to claim a 32-27 victory over the Jaguares in Dunedin.

The visitors looked good in their first outing under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium, they were high on confidence from winning four-straight and started the better of the two sides.

They scored first off the back of a superb grubber from winger Sebastian Cancelliere which saw Matias Moroni score the opening try.

The Highlanders worked their way back into the match lead by Josh Ioane who set up flanker James Lentjes who scored the home side’s first try.

Halfback Aaron Smith set up the third try of the match with a dummy that saw Matt Faddes finish off the set piece.

The Argentinian side was content with scoring in penalties and that’s how they kept within touching distance, but two late tries for the Highlanders through Sio Tomkinson and Liam Coltman saw the score push out to 26 – 13 at half time.

The Jaguares scored two minutes into the second half as lock Marcos Kremer closed the gap to just six points.

Josh Ioane slotted two penalty kicks to extend the lead to 12 points, but the visitors didn’t give up – scoring a fantastic counter-attack try through winger Ramiro Moyano which set up a frantic finish with the Highlanders clinging on to a five-point lead.

The Jaguares pushed for a late try but stubborn defence from the hosts kept them out – a penalty on the hooter was enough for the men from the south to escape with the win, ending the Jaguares’ four-game winning streak.  


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