After the coronation in the World Cup in Qatar, Argentina had another joy of universal scope: his selected men’s reduced game of rugby, cougars 7sconquered the Seven de Hamilton with a huge victory an electrifying 14-12 over All Blacks 7s in New Zealand itself. Thus, the Argentine Rugby Union team won a stage of the Seven’s World Tour for fourth time in historyy this was the most important.
New Zealand is the most iconic rugby country and the most times champion of all time also in this specialty of seven players per team. Win a final on his land y after trailing 12-0 It is an enormous merit, not only for Pumas 7s, but also for any other team selected. “I am so happy, so happy. The team was working hard and we deserved a match and a tournament like this. Beating New Zealand in New Zealand is writing history. I am very happy, ”he stressed before the public and television Gaston Revol, a referent of this selection. Another bastion of the selection, Rodrigo IsgroHe expressed, also in rudimentary English, for which he apologized: “I am very happy. The match was very good. I am very happy for the team. Proud of my team.”
The celebration on the podium with Black Ferns, women’s champion
It certainly couldn’t be because of what Pumas 7s had done in the first half of the final, played at the famous but small Waikato stadium in Hamilton. When All Blacks 7s were left with one less player for two minutes for high tackle by Joe Webber who took Agustín Fraga off the field, the next white and blue attack ended with the ball in New Zealand’s in-goal… after the whistle was blown. With time to maneuver, Matias Osadczuk had made a pass forward to Marcos Moneta before he supported, and what was going to be 5-0 for Argentina immediately became 0-5: Aquila Rocolisoa he elaborated a spectacular maneuver, ran and with a hand-off he held Moneta’s mark until he left the ball on the grass. Great try.
And after a while Rokolisoa took care of converting the one who got a partner, Roderick Solo, just before the break. The 12-0, the home team, the favouritism, the scarce six tries that the host had conceded in five games in the tournament… everything left little room for optimism for the Albiceleste. But this is sport, and in sport almost anything can happen. The Argentine players gathered in a round, shouted and encouraged each other. “We knew that the game was going to be very tough. We had a bad start but at the break we talked about how we had to improve and we did it”, Revol would recount over the loudspeakers. In that circle, the scrum-half himself had ordered to forget about the referee and the opposing team and concentrate on his own game.
Wow they did. The second half was almost all Argentine. Pumas 7s tilted the court, had possession, scored under pressure. In a block advance, the revenant James Alvarez Fourcade he was encouraged to break, filtered and dived between the posts after a minute of action: 7-12 after the goal of Santiago Vera Feld. The visitor kept trying and when they opened the ball to the left wing they found their greatest figure: Moneta, who was not having a good performance in the final, especially in defense, brought out his ability, ran, invaded the field. goal and went as far to the center as he could. conversion of Tobias Wade put Argentina in front, 14-12. There was just over a minute left until the honk.
And then, to suffer. New Zealand had one bullet left. She had to take care of the ball without falling into the knock-ons that characterized a match full of pressure. Argentina committed a couple of infractions that delayed the offensive construction of the black box and the buzzer sounded. What happened was going to be the last of the contest.
The denouement was as written by Alfred Hitchcock. First, the foreseeable: All Blacks 7s attacking, judiciously, without despair, preparing the situation to resolve when the map of the play allowed it. Then, the plot point, the tensioning element: once the conditions were created, he went all the way to the left, and chose a trail so that Brady Rush support the race. The New Zealanders celebrated, they felt like champions. Isgró complained. The Portuguese referee Paulo Duarte requested a review in the TMO.
And finally in the script, the surprise, the disruption, the unexpected outcome. The action had to be watched several times on the monitor. The ball slipped out of Rush’s right hand, but his forearm kept in contact with it and supported it. The referees understood that at some point the balloon separated from the limb of the attacking player and for that reason they charged knock-on. The festivities stopped being black and dressed, euphoric, in light blue and white.
“Go ahead, champion; come on, champion” she sounded at that moment and also at the award ceremony, shared with Black Fernsthe New Zealand women’s team, winner of the respective tournament in Hamilton. The cup was raised by Álvarez Fourcadethe historic captain who this time was not such a thing because the virtual tape was still in the possession of Osadczuk, since the CASI rugby player came from almost a year absent due to injury. Isgró was distinguished as the figure in the final, but something curious happened: the organization had a gold medal less, and since he was the last to receive it, he was left without the award. Revol offered him his, but Isgró happily rejected it, eager to celebrate as soon as possible as a group. In the end, he got some, as shown in a certain photo.
The Argentines danced in a circle around the trophy, jumping intertwined, and among them, Santiago Gómez Cora, who, meanwhile, was filming with his phone. The coach is a history of the specialty, both as a player (230 tries, national record) and as a coach, and this Argentina’s fourth stage win It’s another milestone on your resume. That she already had something nothing less: the tokyo 2020 olympic bronze medalist…
No one has won as many sevens events as New Zealand. Nobody won as many in that country as the local. And Cougars 7s captured the cup in the land of rugby, taking it out of the hands of the host and reversing 12 points behind in the middle of the game achievements in Los Angeles 2004, San Diego 2009 y Vancouver 2022 They were worth a lot for national rugby, but this first outside of America and in these conditions is by far the most meritorious and valuable on the Sevens World Tour. There is a long way to go before the outcome of the season, in which Argentina now holds the Third place con 59 points, two less than the United States and four less than the All Blacks 7s, after four of the 11 seasons. But today the albiceleste sport can be happy, very happy, for these others muchaachos…