Mitchell: Jaguares 'smarter' than Pumas
Cape Town - Bulls coach John Mitchell believes
that the Jaguares are a "smarter" side than the
Argentina national team.
While the Jaguares are on the verge of Super Rugby
playoff qualification and possible top spot in the South African Conference,
the Pumas were all at sea in their June Tests, losing twice at home to Wales before
being hammered by Scotland.
"They play probably a little bit smarter than
they do internationally, but they're very similar in how they play,"
Mitchell said of the Jaguares.
"The Welsh and the Scots, but probably more so
the Welsh, stopped their momentum."
The Bulls host the Jaguares in Super Rugby on
Saturday in their last home match of the season, and while they must collect
maximum points to stand any chance of making the playoffs, Mitchell knows that
the Jaguares threat in 2018 is real.
"They're a good side. They obviously back
themselves and they are presented with an opportunity of coming first or second
in the conference. I guess their energy will be driving them," said
"They pass a lot and a lot goes through (flyhalf,
Nicolas) Sanchez. They like winning the ball in the air and they like to get
"They drive and they fake drive as well and
they're very strong with No 9 and blind wing, so those things will come in
The Bulls are coming off the back of a
disappointing loss to the lowly Sunwolves in Singapore.
"It will be nice to think that we can respond.
There are no excuses ... the group fell short last weekend," Mitchell
"There is no reason that we can't play at a
high tempo and finish the season off at home with great physicality and a fast
Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:05.