FULL-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 32-27 JAGUARES. The Highlanders could not score a try in the second half and the Jaguares scored two. The visitors were strong in the second half but they made a few mistakes in the last 10 minutes of the game. An exciting game over all, the Highlanders win by 5 points.
A bit of pushing and shoving between the players and the Jaguares coach is not happy with a few of the referee's decisions. The Highlanders win another penalty and they will look to kick it out to close out the game.
Another penalty conceded by the Jaguares and this will give the hosts some more easy metres and they will take some time off the clock.
Juan Pablo Zeiss gives away another penalty for obstruction and the Highlanders lead by 5 points.
Jack Whetton concedes a penalty for joining the ruck incorrectly and this could go down to the wire as the Jaguares have a lineout.
Jeronimo de la Fuente goes off his feet in the ruck and this will be another penalty to the Highlanders with five minutes remaining.
Juan Pablo Zeiss is penalised for boring in at the scrum and this will be a penalty to the Highlanders. They will kick to clear.
A quiet couple of minutes as there are a few tired bodies out there. The Jaguares are just 5 points behind with everything to play for in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Ioane fails to kick the ball to the corner after the penalty and Moyano looks to attack. Another mistake from the Highlanders as Tomkinson drops the ball and it lands into touch. The Jaguares will have a lineout in the Highlanders' half.
CONVERSION, JAGUARES, DIAZ BONILLA! 32-27: The conversion is bang on target and the Jaguares bring the deficit down to 5 point with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
TRY, JAGUARES, MOYANO! 32-25: Strong charges from Creevy and then the ball is passed to the left wing where Moyano speeds past Smith to score the try. The Jaguares keep coming at the Highlanders.
Boffelli kicks the ball deep and Faddes reads it well, collects it and kicks it back. The Jaguares look to attack after some kicking.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 32-20: Vivas concedes the penalty for collapsing the ruck right in front of the uprights and Ioane kicks an easy penalty goal to push the lead to 11 points.
As we go towards the final quarter of the game, the Highlanders lead by 9 points. The referee is not happy with the scrum and has a few words with Creevy.
Lucas Paulos Adler concedes a penalty for hands in the ruck and Li has stayed down. He is getting some medical attention as the ball is kicked to the corner for a lineout.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 29-20: Josh Ioane makes no mistake with the penalty goal. He has only missed one kick today. Highlanders lead by 9.
The Jaguares make a lot of changes with Creevy and Matera among them. They are still in this game. Lezana gives away a penalty and Ioane will look to kick this.
Vivas concedes a penalty for collapsing the scrum and Ioane kicks it to the corner for a lineout.
The referee has a few words with the players after another reset scrum.
Tevita Li concedes a penalty for a high tackle and the Jaguares will look to attack again. It has been a disciplined effort from the visitors so far.
CONVERSION, JAGUARES, DIAZ BONILLA! 26-20: Diaz Bonilla converts the Kremer try and the Jaguares come rushing back into this game.
TRY, JAGUARES, KREMER! 26-18: A strong start to the second half from the Jaguares. Kremer finds a gap and he is unstoppable once he gets going. He scores the try and the coach will be happy.
The Highlanders concede a penalty through Lentjes for tackling the opponent in the air and the Jaguares take it quickly and push forward in attack.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 26-13: Ioane makes no mistake with the conversion and the lead is pushed to 13 points as we go into the break.
HALF-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 26-13 JAGUARES. The Jaguares were looking comfortable at one point in the game but the Highlanders have managed to keep up with them in terms of scoring and then the hosts scored two tries at the end of the half to take a big lead. It should be an interesting second half after an intense first.
Kick-off! The second half begins.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, COLTMAN! 24-13: Good lineout after the penalty for the Highlanders and then they go for the maul and then Coltman scores the try to push the lead even further.
The Jaguares concede their first penalty of the game through Cancelliere for being in front of the kicker.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 19-13: Ioane makes no mistake with the conversion and the Highlanders push their lead to 6 points.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TOMKINSON! 17-13: The Jaguares make a mistake and the go deep in their own half. The Highlanders push them back and then they organise well with Smith and Ioane passing the ball well. Tomkinson takes it over the line and the hosts have the lead again.
PENALTY, JAGUARES, DIAZ BONILLA! 12-13: The Jaguares win the lead back as Diaz Bonilla kicks the penalty goal through the uprights. The game changes again.
The Highlanders concede another penalty, this time through Whitelock at the lineout. The Jaguares have not conceded a single penalty so far.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 12-10: Ioane makes no mistake this time with the conversion and the Highlanders take the lead for the first time in this game.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 10-10: To say that this is a fast game would be an understatement. The Highlanders attack just a couple of minutes after the Jaguares score the penalty goal and some fast passing gets the ball to Faddes who takes it over the line to score the try.
PENALTY, JAGUARES, DIAZ BONILLA! 5-10: The Jaguares go for points and Diaz Bonilla slots in the penalty goal to score three more points. The Jaguares lead by 5 points.
The Jaguares are buidling patiently now in response to the Highlanders' try and it is good to see this contest. The Jaguares with the ball through 16 phases before they win a penalty. Lentjes is penalised for slowing the ball down.
The conversion is missed by Josh Ioane who had a great kicking record in the last game. The score will remain on 5-7 with Jaguares holding the 2 point lead.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, LENTJES! 5-7: Good work in the end from the Highlanders as they build well and Ioane with the final pass to Lentjes who goes over the line.
The Highlanders are looking to attack but the Jaguares are defending well too. Good contest between the two sides. The hosts work the ball through 8 phases.
It is a scrum to the Highlanders because of the forward pass and the scrum is reset. The referee has a few words with the players.
Another lineout for the Highlanders and they work the ball through a few phases as Jaguares look to stop them. A knock on from Faddes after some accurate passing and the Highlanders lose possession.
CONVERSION, JAGUARES, DIAZ BONILLA! 0-7: Diaz Bonilla makes no mistake with the conversion and the Jaguares take the lead.
TRY, JAGUARES, MORONI! 0-5: Brilliantly worked out try from the visitors who score first. A nice break in the centre of the field and Cancelliere runs through then chips it down the field where Moroni chases it down and scores. First try of the game.
First lineout of the game as the Highlanders taken the throw in and look to attack.
Coltman is getting some medical attention on his right knee. They are checking for his stability on that leg.
After a few kicks back and forth the Jaguares look to attack and they make some good ground. But they give the ball away eventually and the Highlanders kick it to clear.
Missed! Boffelli looks to kick a long penalty goal and misses. It was around 45 metres and he drags it way wide on the left.
Hyland gives away another penalty for the Highlanders for not releasing the ball. Two early penalties conceded by the Highlanders.
A busy start to the game from both sides as they look to build patiently and attack. The Jaguares have the ball and they are looking for a gap in the defence.
A penalty to the Jaguares, the hosts concede it through Lentjes for joining the ruck incorrectly.
Kick-off! This will only be the second time these two sides have ever played against each other. The Highlanders get us underway.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Highlanders and the Jaguares from the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Highlanders: 1-Ayden Johnstone, 2-Liam Coltman, 3-Siate Tokolahi, 4-Josh Dickson, 5-Tom Franklin, 6-Luke Whitelock (c), 7-James Lentjes, 8-Elliot Dixon, 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Josh Ioane, 11-Tevita Li, 12-Patelesio Tomkinson, 13-Rob Thompson, 14-Jordan Hyland, 15-Matt Faddes
Reserves: 16-Ash Dixon, 17-Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18-Tyrel Lomax, 19-Jack Whetton, 20-Liam Squire 21-Kayne Hammington, 22-Daniel Hollinshead, 23- Thomas Umaga-Jensen
Jaguares: 1-Mayco Vivas, 2-Julian Montoya, 3-Enrique Piertto, 4-Marcos Kremer, 5-Lucas Paulos, 6-Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7-Tomas Lezana, 8-Javier Ortega Desio, 9-Felipe Ezcurra, 10-Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 11-Ramiro Moyano, 12-Jeronimo de la Fuente, 13-Matias Moroni, 14-Sebastian Cancelliere, 15-Emiliano Boffelli
Reserves: 16-Agustin Creevy, 17-Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18-Santiago Medrano, 19-Tomas Lavanini, 20-Pablo Matera, 21-Tomas Cubelli, 22- Domingo Miotti, 23-Matias Orlando
Liam Squire who has struggled with injuries since November is fit and will be on the Highlanders' bench. This is good news for the hosts.
The Highlanders will miss Waisake Naholo and Jackson Hemopo because of knee injuries. Ben Smith has a hamstring niggle so he will miss today's game too.
Daniel Lienert-Brown, who worked so hard in the last game, and Tyrel Lomax are on the bench with Ayden Johnstone and Siate Tokolahi starting for the Highlanders today.
Travel fatigue will play a role today as the South American side has spent 24 hours to get to Dunedin.
The Jaguares have never played at the Forsyth Barr and their last game against the Highlanders was at home back in 2016.
The Jaguares have made a lot of changes to their side. This could be a team management tactic with the World Cup coming up in the next few months. Most of the Jaguares players play for their national side.
Ben O’Keeffe is the referee today, with James Doleman and Mike Fraser assisting him. Shane McDermott is the TMO.
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