The hosts turned a 39-27 deficit 14 minutes from time into a seven-point victory thanks to tries from Matias Alemanno, Agustin Creevy and Matias Moroni.
Jaguares scored seven tries and Sunwolves five at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in a lively conclusion to round 11 of the regular season. Victory left the hosts with a slim chance of making the quarter-finals – they trail the Sharks by eight points with five games to play.
The Sunwolves are playing for pride, having won just one of 10 matches, but running the Jaguares close in their first visit to
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“It was not our best performance this season, but we are very happy to have finished so strongly,” said Jaguares No 8 and try-scorer Leonardo Senatore. “A win is a win, and securing four points is most welcome for us after losing four matches in a row, including one at home.
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A Will Tupou try in the second minute gave Sunwolves the perfect start and they led 25-22 after a first half which ended with lock Sam Wykes being yellow-carded.
Jaguares failed to score against 14 men and appeared in trouble when a Wykes try converted by flyhalf Yu Tamura gave the Tokyo-based side a 12-point advantage.
But the power and direct approach of the Argentine pack told in the closing stages, with two of the three tries coming from forwards, while replacement back
Senatore, Emiliano Boffelli, skipper Creevy (2), Alemanno and
Veteran playmaker Juan Martin Hernandez, who had a rare off-day in general play, kicked two conversions and a penalty, and Joaquin Diaz Bonelli one conversion.
Tupou, Shota Emi, Tamura (2) and Wykes were Sunwolves’ try-scorers, while Tamura slotted four conversions and two penalties to finish with a 24-point haul.