For the dwindling band of Tahs supporters, the loss was a depressingly familiar story. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
The hellish Super Rugby campaign of the Waratahs has continued, as they crashed to a 40-27 home loss to the Jaguares, in the Argentinian team’s first match on Australian soil.
The Jaguares scored five tries to three at Sydney Football Stadium, ruining the final home appearance of Waratahs stalwarts Dean Mumm and Rob Horne.
It was the 11th-straight loss to an overseas team for the Waratahs, who conceded 40 or more points for the fourth time in their past five games.
The Jaguares sauntered to a 25-3 lead by the 33rd minute, scoring three tries.
The home side briefly raised their fans’ hopes with 21-straight points in nine minutes either side of half-time. But the Jaguares steadied and scored the last two tries of the game.
For the dwindling band of Tahs supporters it was a depressingly familiar story, as their team started slowly, missed tackles, committed skill errors, lacked discipline and too often went sideways rather than straight.
The Waratahs’ problems started almost straight away, as they conceded a penalty after 20 seconds, which gifted the visitors an early 3-0 lead.
Flanker Pablo Matera, centre Matias Orlando and lock Benjamin Macome then crossed for tries to swell the Jaguares’ advantage to 22 points.
In-form full-back Israel Folau started the comeback when he wrestled a Bernard Foley cross-field kick away from Jaguares counterpart Joaquin Tuculet for his sixth try in his last five Super games.
New Zealand referee Ben O’Keefe grew tired of the persistent infringing, sin-binning both locks, Guido Petti and Macome in the last two minutes of the first half.
With 15 men back on the field in the second half, Jaguares captain Agustin Creevy crashed over from a well-executed rolling maul.
Winger Matias Moroni sealed the Argentine side’s win with a great solo effort.