Head coach Gonzalo Quesada has made eight changes to the Jaguares starting lineup ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Stormers at Newlands.
The 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby finalists will run out with an all-new front row compared to the one which started in last weekend’s victory over the Reds. Santiago Socino comes in for Julian Montoya, with the latter dropping to the bench, while Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Santiago Medrano have also been given starting berths.
In the second row, Guido Petti – who has won the most lineouts in the competition thus far – has been replaced by the returning Matías Alemanno. The back row is also reshuffled with Francisco Gorrissen coming in for the in-form Marcos Kremer, with Tomas Lezana switching to the other side of the scrum.
The Argentinians will be led by scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli, who has replaced Felipe Ezcurra, while the tournament’s top point-scorer, Domingo Miotti will continue at flyhalf ahead of Joaquin Diaz Bonilla.
In further changes among the backs Emiliano Boffelli shifts to the last line of defence, with Sebastian Cancelliere getting a start on the left wing. Juan Cruz Mallia keeps his place at inside centre with Santiago Chocobares being preferred over the experienced Matías Moroni, who will provide cover from the bench.
After three consecutive home games to begin their season, the South Americans have now embarked on a three-match road trip to South Africa, with matches against the Vodacom Bulls and Sharks to follow Saturday’s encounter with the Stormers.
Kick-off is at 3:05pm.
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Jaguares – 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Santiago Chocobares, 12 Juan Cruz Mallia, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Tomas Cubelli (c), 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Santiago Socino, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Subs: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Moroni.
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