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Moyano hat-trick helps Jaguares sink 14-man Sharks

By Peter Hanson
Ramiro Moyano of the Jaguares

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Ramiro Moyano scored a hat-trick as the Jaguares’ impressive run in Super Rugby continued with a 29-13 victory over the Sharks in Buenos Aires.


After losing four of their opening five matches this season, the Argentine side have now chalked up six straight wins to further enhance their play-off hopes.

The Jaguares had never beaten the Sharks – who finished the match with 14 men thanks to Ruan Botha’s red card – in four previous attempts, but their latest victory leaves them just two points off South African conference leaders the Lions and fifth in the overall table.

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Nicolas Sanchez had kicked the hosts into a 13th-minute lead before Moyano wormed his way over the line following Emiliano Boffelli’s impressive break.

Moyano touched down again from Gonzalo Bertranou’s offload, but Botha’s score on the stroke of half-time, along with eight points from Robert Du Preez, gave the visitors hope.

But Bautista Delguy’s score following a nice break down the left with nine minutes remaining preceded Botha being red carded for a dangerous hit at a ruck.

And there was to be further misery for the Sharks when Moyano broke through a tired visiting defence in the final minute to complete his treble.


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