Argentina's Jaguares took a step closer to a historic playoff place with their 25-14 victory over the Stormers from South Africa at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The bulk of the side endured a horrific home June international series in the colours of the national team with twin defeats to Wales and a 44-15 loss to Scotland, but they secured a team record seventh win in a row in Super Rugby as well as a first success over the Stormers.
The side moves to 38 points from 14 matches, just three behind South African conference leaders the Lions, with a game in hand, though their remaining matches are away at the Bulls and Sharks.
Wing Bautista Delguy, lock Guido Petti and centre Matias Orlando scores tries for the Jaguares, while No. 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe and fullback Dillyn Leyds crossed over for an error-strewn Stormers.
The Jaguares made a fast start, as they have often done this season, with two tries inside the opening 14 minutes.
Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez landed a penalty before Delguy stepped his way past two feeble Stormers tackles to cross for the home side's opener.
They had a second three minutes later, after they had executed a turnover at a ruck; flanker Tomas Lezana kicked behind the Stormers' defensive line, and Petti raced clear to score.
The Stormers came to life after 20 minutes, and they got a try back through Notshe as he showed good pace for a loose-forward after the visitors had sucked in defenders.
The visitors were now on top, but they turned down an easy penalty kick in front of the posts in favour of a scrum which came to nothing, and the Jaguares led 15-7 at halftime.
Within a minute of the restart, Stormers lock Jan de Klerk knocked the ball on in the Jaguares' 22, and Petti led another superb break at pace and centre Orlando crossed for an easy converted score; this was the 12th time this season the Argentine side had scored a try from turnover ball.
The Stormers spent the next 20 minutes in the Jaguares' half, but a series of handling errors frustrated their attempts to attack the home line before Leyds finally crossed the line on the hour-mark.
The Jaguares were penalised at a lineout for closing the gap, and Notshe took the free-kick quickly, with the visitors moving the ball wide for fullback Leyds to show a side-step and score.
But the Stormers couldn't turn their possession into more points, and Sanchez added a late penalty for the home side to extend the lead to 11 points and secure the victory.