‘We are playing as equals’ – Cordero

Date published: March 21 2016

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The Jaguares believes that they are adjusting well to Super Rugby despite their loss to the Chiefs in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

This was the Argentinian side's first home game, at the Velez Sarsfield stadium, after playing their previous fixtures away to the Sharks and Cheetahs.

A 77th minute converted try from replacement Chiefs scrum-half Brad Weber silenced the home crowd as their 26-23 lead was overtaken with the visitors clinching a 30-26 victory.

Jaguares' right wing Santiago Cordero believes they are getting better each week.

"We played as equals and sometimes even better," he said.

"We need to improve basic mistakes we have been doing and which cost us tries. We must learn to secure the ball and train to avoid mistakes. But the effort was still encouraging."

Loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamón, who made his Super Rugby debut, concedes that it was a tough battle, in which he feels his side's errors allowed the Chiefs to get ahead of them.

"They were a typical New Zealand team who play 80 minutes at the same tempo and at the same level," he said.

"They are like the All Blacks.

"At times we got in front but we made mistakes while they were able to capitalise.

"We did some very good things, but we still lack details to help tie up games. 

"We have to continue working each week to learn from those mistakes and to concentrate more on finishing games in the same way we played at different stages.

"The support was amazing and the atmosphere was great."

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