The path of Los Pumas 7's in Rio 2016

The Pumas 7’s are just a few hours away from starting a new Olympic foray in Tokyo 2020. This time, on Japanese soil, those led by Santiago Gómez Cora will try to improve what was done five years ago in Rio 2016 and achieve the the longed for a dream of obtaining a medal.

With a hierarchical team with the incorporations of Juan Imhoff and Matías Moroni, Coming from rugby at 15, the road in Rio 2016 began with joys and sorrows for Los Pumas 7’s. After a triumph suffered against the United States (17 to 14), with a try on the time of Moroni, Argentina would pay dearly for the victory with the injuries of Javier Rojas and Rodrigo Etchart, who missed the rest of the contest.

The second presentation for the national cast would be against Fiji. After being in advantage with the tries of Sábato and Álvarez Fourcade, the Argentine players could not with the island onslaught that, with two minutes to go, He turned the scoreboard around for the 21-14 victory.

With one won and another requested, Los Pumas 7’s faced the second day of the tournament with the need to beat Brazil to get into the quarterfinals and they did. With a blunt 31 to 0 in which they would support cinco tries through Axel Muller, Germán Schulz, Nicolás Bruzzone, Santiago Álvarez Fourcade and Gastón Revol.

Having come second in the group, Argentina had to meet Great Britain for a place in the semi-finals. It was an extremely atypical game, which ended tied at zero after regulation time, with a missed penalty by Revol in front of the posts. However, in overtime, Dan Bibby would take advantage of a defensive oversight and score the only try that ended the medal dream for the Argentine team in Brazil.

With no podium chances, Argentina recovered against Australia (triumph 26 to 21) and later cayó against New Zealand (14-17) to finish in sixth position.

For its part, the highest place on the podium went to Fiji, who beat Great Britain in the final by a resounding 43 to 7, obtaining the first Gold in an Olympic Games. in the history of the sport of the country. While the medal of bRonce was left in the hands of South Africa, who defeated a surprising Japan 54-14.

Rio 2016 marked the return of rugby to the Olympic Games, after their exclusion from the Paris 1924 Games. A few hours before the start of the competition in Tokyo 2020, the Pumas 7’s wait crouched to improve what they did five years ago and why not, get on the podium for the first time in the history of sport Argentinian.