The Buenos Aires-based totally outfit gained handiest four of 15 matches closing yr.
Full-again Joaquin Tuculet scored after 5 minutes to give Jaguares of Argentina a lead they constructed impressively to defeat Golden Lions of South Africa 36-24 in super Rugby Saturday.
The Buenos Aires-based totally outfit disenchanted of their debut season, successful handiest 4 of 15 fits remaining yr and never significantly challenging for 1 / 4-finals place.
but it generally is a completely different story this season after their second victory in three suits, having gained convincingly and misplaced narrowly on a tour of South Africa.
lacking unavailable fly-half of Elton Jantjies and centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, the Lions were a faded shadow of the team that completed runners-up closing season.
Skipper and No. 8 Warren Whiteley conceded that his staff were no fit for the Jaguares at Estadio Jose Amalfitani within the Argentine capital.
"Congratulations to the Jaguares — they had been much better than us," said a contender for the Springbok captaincy this season with Adriaan Strauss retired.
"They dominated us bodily in an extraordinarily tricky fit and now we should get well quick for a home game towards the Queensland Reds next weekend.
"We gave a number of youngsters a possibility as a result of some first picks have been unavailable and the experience of taking part in in Argentina will do them good."
It was the Lions first loss after defeating compatriots the relevant Cheetahs away and the brand new South Wales Waratahs of Australia at dwelling.
The scoreline flattered the visitors as Jaguares fly-half of Nicolas Sanchez overlooked 4 of 10 photographs at purpose and the Lions scored two late tries after flanker Tomas Lezana used to be yellow-carded.
Lions lock Andries Ferreira used to be sin-binned throughout the first half and a an identical punishment was once given to hooker Robbie Coetzee all over the 2d 1/2.
Sanchez was twice fortunate not to be yellow-carded by means of New Zealand referee Nick Briant in a bruising fight.
Jaguares led 21-7 on the wreck and Sanchez sealed success for the South americans with a are trying that stretched the lead to 24 points by the hour mark.
Tuculet, winger Ramiro Moyano, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente and Sanchez scored tries and the fly-1/2 kicked two conversions and 4 penalties.
Whiteley (2), prop Jacques van Rooyen and hooker Malcolm Marx crossed the try-line for the Lions and Shaun Reynolds and Jaco van der Walt kicked conversions.