Los Pumas Seven: narrow defeat in the final against New Zealand, fourth medal and one step away from the 2024 Olympics

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It was a one-on-one chance to be able to stay at the top. not only of Seven of Singaporebut also of the general classification of the World Tour. Ma Cougars He had no choice but to see how New Zelandwith a near-perfect game in which they capitalized on all the mistakes the Albiceleste made, they retained the title to cement their leader status.

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Brady Rush scored the deciding try as the All Blacks won 19-17 and qualification assured for the next Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

Pumas 7, bronze medalists in the previous Olympic edition in Tokyo, are one step away from achieving the same goal, remaining in the top four of the standings at the end of the season, which they will try to close the scheduled dates on the calendar at the last two, May in Toulouse (France) and London (United Kingdom).

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At the National Stadium, Argentina added their points in the final with tries from Gioacchino Pellandini (6m.), German Schultz (8m.), Mark Moneta (15m.) and a conversion of Luciano Gonzalez Rizzoni (16 minutes).

Santiago Gómez Cora’s side have always trailed in the standings, but they struggled until their last breath and Moneta’s try, the team’s top scorer with six assists, came in added time.

Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su

Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su

Qualification for the decider of the tournament came after beating Australia (29-12) in the quarterfinals and Samoa (24-19) on the same day on Sunday in Singapore.

Pumas 7 reached the second stage of the competition as Group D winners after victories against Ireland (10-0), Japan (42-7) and Great Britain (19-17).

Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su

Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su

New Zealand leads the overall standings at the Sevens International Circuit with 164 points, followed by Argentina (140), who took their fourth medal of the season this Sunday. The Albiceleste had won gold in Hamilton and Vancouver, plus silver in Los Angeles and this weekend in Singapore.

The next stage in Toulouse will be held between 12 and 14 May and a week after the last date will be held in London.

The record of Rev

Captain Gastón Revol and manager Santiago Gómez Cora celebrate in Hamilton.  Photo: UAR Press.

Captain Gastón Revol and manager Santiago Gómez Cora celebrate in Hamilton. Photo: UAR Press.

the Cordovan Gaston Revol keep breaking records. Last February, the ‘Black’ had become the player with the most appearances on the World Tour, overtaking Briton James Rodwell (93). This weekend, in Singapore, the 36-year-old scrum-half reached 450 matches in this type of tournament, to be on the podium in appearances.

He matched New Zealander DJ Forbes, was nine behind Tim Mikkelson, also from Oceans, and chased down by England’s Dan Norton (470). Furthermore, he is the only Argentine to have played in three World Championships in the specialty.

“I really didn’t know it and I had lost count of the number of matches. I am grateful to be able to continue to be part of this team and to offer my small contribution to this team, which never ceases to surprise and which represents an excellent country”Revol said.

Source: Clarin

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