Sharks tank at home against the Jaguares
To prove that last week's late turnaround against the Bulls was no fluke, the Jaguares bared all their teeth and even their claws to maul the Sharks at Kings Park, the Shark Tank, yesterday.
Complete performances by the South Americans are rare and this was their best showing in SA, and in Super Rugby. They did everything right, wiping the floor with an insipid, inconsistent, diabolical and indecisive Sharks side. It was also a rare double for them on an SA tour.
The result made a mockery of the Sharks topping the SA conference.
Jaguares scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli got the ball rolling for the visitors with a third-minute try.
The Sharks drew level through a try by lock Hyron Andrews in the 11th minute following a break by Curwin Bosch. The fullback offloaded to Luke Stringer, who passed to Andrews.
The Sharks then took the lead through a Robert du Preez penalty in the 22nd minute, but from that point their error count rose.
The Jaguares duly punished them.
One of those mistake was by Andre Esterhuizen and it led to Pablo Matera's first try, scored in the 34th minute.
The Sharks' inside centre lost the ball in contact, from where the Jaguares turned over the possession.
Matera received the ball, chipped and gathered for what was a brilliant try by a multi-skilled footballer.
Still the Jaguares were not done. With a simple backline movement four minutes later, they cut up the Sharks defence and outside centre Matias Orlando trotted over.
Three minutes into the second half, the Jaguares picked up from where they left off in terms of capitalising on the Sharks' errors when a stolen lineout led to Matera's second try.
The Sharks defence was alarmingly absent, failing to tackle left wing Emiliano Boffelli, who offloaded to Matera.
The early Easter presents continued to come for the South Americans when right wing Matias Moroni scored an easy 54th-minute try from first-phase ball. The effervescent Cubelli collected the ball and passed to Moroni, who chipped, chased and scored.
A 36-10 scoreline threatened to make the Sharks look silly but Bosch, who was the best of a sorry Sharks lot barring Lukhanyo Am, Stringer and Aphelele Fassi, moved to flyhalf and immediately had an impact.
Moving from fullback and replacing a consistently off colour and increasingly frazzled Du Preez, Bosch ran a good line and put Fassi through for a 55th-minute try.That try was a false dawn as, in the 67th minute, Orlando scored his second try. It originated from a scrum and was abetted by a poor tackle attempt by Lwazi Mvovo.To compound what was a listless performance, the Sharks forced a turnover in the 73rd minute with replacement back Kobus van Wyk booting the ball deep into the Jaguares half. Van Wyk was unable to score with the line open in front of him and the Jaguares cleared.Orlando completed his hat-trick on the on the stroke of fulltime.Sharks(10) 17Jaguares(21) 51Sharks - Tries: Hyron Andrews, Aphelele Fassi. Conversions: Robert du Preez, Curwin Bosch. Penalty: Du PreezJaguares: Tries: Tomas Cubelli, Pablo Matera (2), Matias Orlando (3), Matias Moroni. Conversions: Domingo Miotti (5). Penalties: Miotti (2)