BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s Jaguares still have one more imposing step to take on their fairytale run through the Super Rugby play-offs but they head to Christchurch for the final with at least one of their season goals completed.
The might of the nine-time champions Crusaders stand in their path to a maiden title on Saturday but the 31 000 crowd that cheered them to victory in their quarter-final against the Brumbies was a breakthrough in itself.
In a country where soccer still very much rules the roost, the passionate crowd packing the stands at Jose Amalfitani Stadium was a sight never previously witnessed in the four years of the team’s existence.
“I do not remember seeing a stadium like it was today since I was very young, and that gives me great joy because of the fact that people identify with the team,” said coach Gonzalo Quesada.
“The crowd was a big factor, not only because we could feel that support and feel that energy but because we had that goal from the start of the season, to get a big crowd.