Sharks escape Buenos Aires with a win
The home side started the match with a bang. The silky handling and good running lines of the Jaguares had the usually reliable Sharks defence at sixes and sevens. This led to the home fans enjoying two early tries from their side which created frenzy in the stands.
In the coliseum like atmosphere the visitors did well to keep their heads and stay in the match through the boot of Patrick Lambie. In the final fifteen minutes of the half the Sharks were finally able to stamp their impact on the game as they managed to secure more ball possession during this time. Daniel du Preez was able to burst over from short range to hand the South Africans the half time lead at 19-17.
The Argentines would have felt a touch disappointed that they had edge the territory and possession statistics and outscored their opponents by two tries to one yet found themselves trailing. This frustration would grow in the second half as they appeared to be the team in charge throughout the second forty.
There were periods when the home side launched attack after attack but were undone by a slight lack of patience and a resolute Sharks defence. Santiago Garcia Botta was eventually able to draw his side level after a yellow card to the Natalians due to repeated infringements close to their tryline.
The conversion kick was wide and the Sharks were able to win a penalty through their scrum shortly after this to allow Lambie to keep his nerve and secure the 25-22 victory through his boot. But it was the incredible work of the Sharks pack as well as yet another impressive defensive effort which ensured an important away win for the South Africans in Buenos Aires.
Tries: Lavanini, Landajo, Botta
Cons: Sanchez 2
Try: du Preez
Pens: Lambie 6