The Pumas 7s They are in the top four of the Olympics. In the semifinals, the Argentine national team won a historic match against South Africa, with one less for the expulsion of Gastón Revol, 19-14. With the bad news due to the loss of Matías Osadczuk in the remainder of the contest due to injury and the sanction for four dates for Gastón Revol, Argentina fought to the end but couldn’t beat Fiji at Tokyo Stadium. Now they will seek the Bronze Medal against Great Britain.
ARGENTINA 7’S – FIJI 7’S
Right from the start of the match, Fiji showed their physical power and speed by seizing the ball. However, in an attack that seemed like a try sung for the islanders, the fierce Argentine defense appeared and between Álvarez Fourcade, Bazán Vélez and Mendy they blocked the way. But Argentina’s joy did not last long, as it could not continue to contain the rival power that arrived twice in a row at the ingoal from the hand of Maqala and Derenalagi.
On the closing of the initial stage, the best came so far in the Pumas 7’s game. With great control of the ball and outwitting the island defense, the Argentines laboriously advanced centimeter by centimeter and with patience which allowed them, first to break through the center and that Marcos Moneta support the first try and, on time, Ignacio Mendy Together with the conversion of Santiago Mare, they will close the first half up for the South American team 14-12.
In addition, Argentina started with the ball. But quickly, Fiji took the lead with the conquests of Wainiqolo and Radradra. Despite the effort, having less replacement due to Osadczuk’s injury and Revol’s suspension, the Pumas 7’s could not turn the story around and fell by 26 to 14.
Now it will be left to fight for the Bronze Medal, tomorrow at 5.30 am from Argentina against Great Britain, a rival with whom they fell in the quarterfinals in Rio 2016. On the other hand, Fiji and New Zealand will play the final for Gold.
Pumas 7’s training: 1- Rodrigo Isgró, 6- Santiago Álvarez Fourcade (c), 2- Lucio Cinti, 7- Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 10- Santiago Mare, 4- Ignacio Mendy, 12- Marcos Moneta.
Substitutes: 3- Germán Schulz, 13- Felipe del Mestre, 11- Luciano González Rizzoni and 5- Rodrigo Etchart.