Reds plotting Super upset over Jaguares

The Queensland Reds get a chance to salvage something from a poor Super Rugby season as they bid to become the first Australian team to beat the Jaguares.

SAMU KEREVI of Australia warms up prior to the Quilter International match between England and Australia in London, United Kingdom.
SAMU KEREVI of Australia warms up prior to the Quilter International match between England and Australia in London, United Kingdom. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

They're Super Rugby finals hopes may be shot, but the Queensland Reds can still restore some pride to the Australian conference with victory over the red-hot Jaguares on Saturday night.

With seven wins from their past eight outings, the Jaguares have soared to second on the ladder and on track for an historic home quarter-final in Buenos Aires.

Packed with Pumas, the Jaguares have taken down the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs on their rampant run to leave the Reds as the last Australian team with a chance to topple the powerful Argentine outfit.

"It'something we've spoken about through the week, it's almost a Test side," Queensland skipper Samu Kerevi said at the Reds' captain's run on Friday.

"They've been playing together for the last couple of years now and they've very skilful team, a very hard team to beat.

"But the challenge is what's exciting about this weekend."

The Reds are vowing to lift for Scott Higginbotham's milestone 100th game for Queensland.

Kerevi is especially hungry to contribute, having been a frustrated observer watching from his lounge room as the Reds fell painfully short of a rare win in New Zealand last week against the Chiefs.

Rested as part of the Wallabies' workload management program ahead of this year's World Cup, Kerevi knows and will have his hands full at Suncorp Stadium marking up on Pumas star Jeronimo de la Fuente in a head-to-head captain's duel.

"They've got rapid wingers, the centres have been playing well and it's going to be a big task for Chris (Feauai-Sautia) and I to lock down that centre combination for them," Kerevi said.

"And also for us as well trying to get that front-foot ball and getting over the gain line, it's going to be a tough ask."

While in the box seat, the Jaguares aren't home and hosed yet, with the Sharks, Bulls, Lions and Stormers all within striking distance should the South African conference leaders slip up in Brisbane with three rounds remaining.


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