The Hamilton-based franchise were winless after their first five Super Rugby matches. A 23-all draw in their fifth game, against the Hurricanes, was their best result until they claimed an emphatic 56-20 victory over the Bulls in Pretoria.
After landing in Buenos Aires to face the Jaguares as the second part of their overseas tour, Cooper said the trip has allowed his squad to bond after their poor start to the season.
“When you’re on tour, you’ve got players with you all the time and we were making sure we’ve got real clarity,” he told Stuff.
“I could see it building as the games were going on.”
The Chiefs will be without the services of co-captain and lock Brodie Retallick due to the enforced All Blacks rest protocol.
Cooper said although Retallick will be missed this weekend, it was known well in advance that he would not be available for the Jaguares game.
“He’s a fantastic leader and he’s been playing really good rugby, but we just can’t keep playing him week after week,” added Cooper.
“We were able to get some leeway with the All Blacks to get that extra game. He was disappointed because he’d love to play again but it was something we had planned with him and the All Blacks.”