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SUPER RUGBY PREVIEW: Hurricanes v Jaguares

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Match details: Hurricanes v Jaguares, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 7.35pm, Friday 17 May. TICKETS.

Played: 2
Won: Hurricane 2
Last time: Hurricanes 34, Jaguares 9 (9 April 2018)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill

FORM
The Jaguares come into this clash on the back of hot form against New Zealand opposition. They have won three out of their last five games against NZ teams, with the two losses coming by margins of seven points or less. Last week, the Jaguares pushed the Highlanders to the brink before coming up short 32-27 under the roof in Dunedin. The Hurricanes are riding the crest of a strong wave of form with five straight victories following their loss to the Crusaders in round eight. 

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MARSHALL PLAYS PIVOT
With Beauden Barrett rested for this clash, experienced utility James Marshall claims the vital play-maker role for the Hurricanes. Although Marshall has only tallied 76 playing minutes this year across four appearances from the bench, Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has full faith in Marshall to slot into the ten jersey. “I’m relying on Jimmy’s game nous and ability to be able to run the ship, his communication skills – I can’t talk highly enough about his ability to read the play and help get others organised,” said Plumtree.

CRUCIAL CLASHES

As always, the Jaguares boast a starting fifteen stacked with international stars. The Hurricanes don’t lack for international talent either, creating a number of mouth-watering head-to-head clashes. At fullback, Jordie Barrett matches up to the Pumas exciting attacking weapon Emiliano Boffelli. Boffelli is an electric game breaker and class finisher. In the forwards, dynamic loose forward Pablo Matera has made the most offloads (15) of any forward in Super Rugby this year and will be watched closely be his opposite Vaea Fifita. There is a real master vs apprentice clash in the two jersey with the Jaguares ever-green Agustin Creevy squaring off with Hurricanes young powerhouse Asafo Aumua. 



THE SCOOP
The Hurricanes have recorded comfortable wins over the Jaguares in their previous two meetings but are sure to find things much tougher this time around. A win for the Jaguares will keep them in the race to top of the South African conference while the Hurricanes have not been defeated by a non-NZ team at home since April 2015. The key for the Hurricanes will be the game management of James Marshall in his first start at first five-eighth while the Jaguares will need to improve their discipline from last week’s loss against the Highlanders.

TEAMS

Hurricanes:

15: Jordie Barrett, 14: Wes Goosen, 13: Matt Proctor, 12: Ngani Laumape, 11: Ben Lam, 10: James Marshall, 9: TJ Perenara (c), 8: Ardie Savea, 7: Du'Plessis Kirifi, 6: Vaea Fifita, 5: Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4: James Blackwell, 3: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2: Asafo Aumua, 1: Toby Smith.
Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Ross Geldenhuys, Kane Le'aupepe, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Finlay Christie, Fletcher Smith, Salesi Rayasi.

Jaguares:
15: Emiliano Boffelli, 14: Sebastian Cancelliere, 13: Matais Moroni, 12: Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11: Ramiro Moyano, 10: Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9: Tomas Cubelli, 8: Javier Oretega Desio, 7: Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6: Pablo Matera, 5: Tomas Lavanini 4: Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3: Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 2: Agustin Creevy, 1: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Lucas Paulos, Marcos Kremer, Felipe Ezcurra, Domingo Miotti, Matais Orlando