Jaguares change captain for Blues match
Cape Town - Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada has named his team for Saturday's Super Rugby encounter against the Blues in Buenos Aires (kick-off 23:40 SA time).
Quesada has made only two changes to the team that beat the Bulls 27-12 last weekend.
At fullback, Juan Cruz Mallia replaces Joaquin Tuculet and Matias Moroni comes in for Jeronimo de la Fuente in midfield.
Matias Orlando moves from outside to inside centre and also takes over the captaincy from De la Fuente.
"We thought that to start the tournament, it was important not to make many changes and that the team can improve match by match. That is the great goal of the whole group, staff and players: to put the team above all and to improve with the players that will play the team," Quesada told the Jaguares' official website.
Regarding the changes in midfield, Quesada said: "There were other options to replace Jero de la Fuente as the first centre, but Orlando and Moroni are the two who had rhythm in the first game, and that rhythm is what made us give them the priority to play on Saturday. The other centres like (Santiago) Gonzalez Iglesias, (Bautista) Ezcurra and (Santiago) Chocobares are going to have their opportunities, but today we thought it was smart to keep Orlando and Moroni."
15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando (captain), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortego Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Joaquin Tuculet
15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman
Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams