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Jaguares are high on confidence

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“We came here to win, not to see what happens. We have what it takes to do that and we know how."

Agustin Creevy of the Jaguars during the 2019 Super Rugby match between Sharks and Jaguars at the GrowthPoint Kings Park, Durban on the 13 April 2019. Picture: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Agustin Creevy says the Jaguares now believe they can win every time they take to the pitch regardless of the opposition – and that includes Saturday’s Super Rugby final against the Crusaders.

The Argentine team have reached the final in their fourth season in the mostly southern hemisphere competition, but will be rank outsiders when they take on the nine-time champions at their Christchurch fortress.

Former captain Creevy, however, said the strides the Jaguares have made since their 2016 debut means they will approach the match confident they can hand the Crusaders a first ever home playoff defeat.

Not impossible

“It’s not impossible,” said the inspirational hooker. “We came here to win, not to see what happens. We have what it takes to do that and we know how.

“The Crusaders are the best team in the tournament and have shown that but there is no such thing as impossible in sport, nor in a final where the mental side of the game and pressure are at work.

“Beyond the attributes of each side, the difference will be in the head. We know it’ll be difficult, but we are confident and we know what to expect.”

Creevy, a veteran of 83 Test matches in a team made up entirely of Argentine internationals, said the speed of progression at the Jaguares had surprised even him.

“We knew that the opportunity to play in a Super Rugby final would come,” he added.

“Maybe I thought we were going to take a little longer to get there and that’s why I’m very grateful to be part of this great moment for the Jaguares that we worked so hard for. We got here because we have matured in every way. Before we would go out on the field and just see what happened, but now we know we can win every match.”

Reuters