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Two sides who finished in the lower reaches of Super Rugby in 2016, the Southern Kings and Los Jaguares, face each other in Round 1 of this season's tournament on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth (PE). When the Kings travelled to Argentina to take on Los Jaguares in Round 10 in 2015, they leaked a massive 70 points, but just four rounds later they managed to reverse that result and claim one of only two wins that they recorded throughout the whole of the campaign. The score in PE was 29-22 and 4-1 tries in favour of the KIngs.
The only other win that the Kings enjoyed in 2016 came against the other tournament debutants, the Sunwoves, who were also beaten in PE. Every other side that visited the Southern Kings not only registered a victory, but also claimed a try scoring bonus point. There was a lot more expected of Los Jaguares in their debutante season, than they managed to deliver. Just four wins through the season, left them in a lowly 13th position on the overall ladder, and they managed just one of those four wins on the road. The solitary away success came in Round 1 at the Cheetahs, when they staged a remarkable recovery to overcome a significant half-time deficit, to win the game 34-33.
Posted: 27th May 2016
Two sides who have found the going extremely tough in the 2016 Super Rugby tournament, the Kings and Los Jaguares, go head to head at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday in Round 14 of the competition. When the sides met earlier in the season in Buenos Aires, Los Jaguares handed out an absolute thrashing to their visitors, scoring 11 tries on the way to a 73-27 victory. The Kings will have got little consolation from scoring four tries of their own. The Kings who have this season returned to Super Rugby for the first time since 2013, have managed to gather a mere four points, and are rooted to the foot of the overall table. Those points came as the result of a 33-28 home win in Round 6, against the Sunwolves.
Since hammering the kings, the South American side have played two fixtures against South African opposition, both of which ended in defeat. They went down 22-25 to the Sharks in Buenos Aires, but were more heavily beaten last weekend when they faced the Lions in Johannesburg, and went down by 24-52, conceding eight tries. Los Jaguares themselves have only managed two wins in 2016. Apart from beating the Southern Kings, they beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein 34-33 back in Round 1.
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, Los Jaguares
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