A heroic comeback, with the addition of doing it right in the backyard of one of the most important teams in the world. The Cougars 7 They stayed this Sunday with Hamilton’s tournament title by beating local New Zeland for 14-12score all his points in a second half which bordered on perfection and allowed them to keep the fourth star in their history on the World Tour.
The All black thought they had the match in their pocket after leading 12-0 at half-time, with tries aside Akuila Rokolisoa Y Roderick Solobut those led by Santiago Gomez Cora -rage for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games- recovered with an exciting defensive line-up, plus the support of Santiago Alvarez Y Marcos “Lightning” Coinwho drew a mock career to get his first tournament win on New Zealand soil.
Anxiety was not free at the end of the game, because at the final buzzer there was a controversial play when the New Zealander Brady Rush He appeared to elbow the ball into the albiceleste ingoal, but the TMO referee ruled there was no try and certified Argentina’s victory.
The Argentine Captain Gaston Revol He said the comeback showed the fighting ability of Los Pumas, who also had in their respective quarterfinal victories (vs. Fijithe Olympic champion) and the semifinals (vs United States of America).
“We knew the final was going to be really tough. We started very badly, but we told ourselves we’d give it our all in the second half”assured Revol.
And I add: “I am very happy. This team has worked hard. Beating New Zealand in New Zealand is history for us.”.
For Argentina it was the first medal on the circuit this year, which should give them momentum for the coming months and especially for next week’s stop in Sydney. In history it is Fourth time in which they climb to the top step of the podium, after Los Angeles 2004, San Diego 2009 and Vancouver 2022.
On the first day of matches, Los Pumas finished second in group D, after beating Spain (20-5) and Canada (29-14) and losing to South Africa (14-17).
Now, the Argentina national team is third in the overall Sevens World Tour standings with 59 pointsfour less than the new leader, his own All blackand two behind United States of America.
This group led by Gómez Cora had already won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019
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