Matías Moroni was, without a doubt, one of the clear examples that perseverance and work pay. The CUBA-born player spent his entire career at the UAR.
He started Los Pumitas, then he played for Pampas XV, he had his time at Los Pumas 7s, he started playing for the senior team and was one of those who were with Jaguares from the beginning.
From 2016 to 2020 all he did was grow. He started playing few games and minutes with the Argentine team shirt but as the years went by he won the title and ended up being undisputed in the cast that had Gonzalo Quesada as the last coach.
In the era of Raúl “Aspirina” Pérez, he played 18 games between the 2016 and 2017 Super Rugby, starting in 12 of them as a starter, where he scored four tries. Those two seasons were not the best in terms of results for the Argentine team but they served to kick-start a process that began to bear fruit from 2018.
Already with Mario Ledesma as coach, Moroni did not have as much participation in that team that played the quarterfinals of the Super Rugby 2018. That year he played four games (three from the beginning) and did not support any conquest.
In 2019, Matías Moroni was, in addition to Julián Montoya, the only player who, of the 21 games Jaguares played last year, played 18 (in 14 opportunities he did so from the start). This speaks, naturally, of the place that the former CUBA occupied in the consideration of Gonzalo Quesada. In addition, on the other hand, it was dispatched with 5 conquests, one of them was the well-remembered try in the quarterfinals against Chiefs in Vélez.
In what was played in Super Rugby 2020, of the six dates that Jaguares played, Moroni was on the court in all of them. In five from the start and one entering from the bank of substitutes. In addition, he supported three tries.
In total, Matías Moroni played 2,842 minutes wearing the Jaguares jersey. He became a figure, was applauded more than once in Vélez and was key to the success of the Argentine team. Now, he will continue his career at Leicester Tigers and will leave the bar very high for whoever takes his place in the starting fifteen.