The Pumas 7s have capped off a magical season and are champions in the London Sevens

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The Argentine rugby sevens team, Puma 7s, were crowned champions of the London tournament this Sunday after beating Fiji 35-14, who had just dealt the blow by knocking out New Zealand on the eve of the final. This is a new smile for the team he leads Santiago Gomez Corawho capped off a magical season with a brilliant Sunday in which they previously eliminated Ireland (28-14) in the quarterfinals and Samoa (10-7) in the semifinals.

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The national team were strong at Twickenham. Yes, OK Philip Sauturaga he had opened the scoring one minute into the game, recovered soon after Josese Batirerega was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Luciano González. Thus, with their rival diminished in numbers, Argentina rallied with tries of German Schultz AND Mark Moneta converted from Campo Santiago Vera. The first half ended 14-7.

Early in the plug-in, Fiji surprised again off the start with another run from Sauturaga to tie the game. However, Moneta won with the speed of him after a ground kick and setup Rodrigo Isgrowho grounded the ball on goal and put things in order for Argentina to lead 21-14 after another conversion from Vera Feld.

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Argentina got underway with another try from Isgró, which was once again set up by Moneta so that Los Pumas would be 28-14 with 2’40 left in the match.

And there was more. Icing on the cake: Moneta extends the distance with another try and reaches 100 in the Sevens world circuit. Vera Feld transforms and Argentina closes with a brilliant 35-14. Samples in London. And I celebrate in great style in the legendary Twickenham.

“I am very proud of my team and my teammates. There are many sensations. All of this is the product of a very long process. We leave everything to get everything. We play for others, not for ourselves,” he said. Santiago Alvarezcaptain of the Los Pumas 7s.

Argentina thus won its third title of the season after the conquests of Hamilton and Vancouver and closed a magical season in the best possible way, with six finals played and second place in the world behind the almighty New Zealand. Before London he was gold in the fourth round in Hamilton and in the seventh in Vancouver; and silver in sixth in Los Angeles, ninth in Singapore and last Sunday in Toulouse.

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On Sunday’s first matchday, Argentina shone against the Irish side, with a convincing performance that was reflected in four tries (two from Agustín Fraga and others from Germán Schulz and Mateo Graziano), as well as four conversions.

Subsequently, in the semifinals, the Albiceleste team, bronze medal at the last Tokyo 2020 Olympicshe had to fight intensely to overcome a seasoned Samoan cast, which made victory difficult, especially when Los Pumas were left with one down on the pitch, due to the yellow card shown to Rodrigo Isgro.

The goals against the Oceania team (which won 7-5 at the end of the first period) were scored by Schulz and Santiago Álvarez, with two tries.

The Pumas ‘7 had defeated Japan (43-12) and Fiji Islands (40-12) in the qualifying phase, but then fell to Ireland (12-14)

Source: Clarin

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