Jaguares head coach Gonzalo Quesada admitted that his team were hurting following their Super Rugby Final loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
There were emotional scenes in the Buenos Aires-based outfit’s dressing room after the match which the Crusaders won 19-3.
“I think like, you guys (the media), everyone must imagine the guys should just be proud and be just happy to be here,” Quesada told Stuff.
“(But) the dressing room is really sad and terrible. The guys are in tears because they went through a hell of a season.
“They put in a lot of commitment there.”
The Jaguares were up for the challenge against the tournament’s most successful team but despite breaching the Crusaders’ defence on several occasions, they only had a Joaquin Diaz Bonilla penalty to show for their efforts.
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Despite Saturday’s defeat, the Jaguares surprised all and sundry by reaching the final and Quesada was happy with his players’ efforts.
“I told them ‘sometimes we win, sometimes we lose’. The main goal we gave ourselves this season, we achieved it,” he added.
“I think maybe in a couple of hours their spirits will be higher, but it is good to know there is no mediocrity either. If we were just happy to be in the final – it is not in their mind.
“I think they are going to realise, little by little what they did, and hopefully they will be happy later.”