A few hours after the enormous achievement of the Pumas 7’s obtaining the Bronze in Tokyo 2020, the repercussions and joys are still in the air. Scrum communicated with two friends and former teammates both in Lomas and in the Argentine team of Santiago Gómez Cora: Adrián Cherro and Mariano Baud. Both agreed on the passion, work, dedication and effort of the brand new coach of the Argentine team who crowned a spectacular work by obtaining the first medal for our country in the Olympic Games.
Mariano Baud, friend of Gomez Cora, so he referred to the coach of Pumas 7’s: “I was lucky that he is my club mate and also play with him and that he is my captain in the selected seven. He is a person who prepared for this, who did the things he had to do, studied a lot and this medal is no coincidence. ”
On the other hand, but following the same line, Adrian Cherro Held: “He is passionate about what he does, put everything in it. Your life is organized based on what you like and enjoy. In a barbecue he talks to you about the team, the situations and the truth is that it is a beautiful thing that he was able to achieve this after so much effort, leaving his son, friends, family “.
In addition, the historic eighth of Lomas Athletic commented: “When I played with him, it was always a different because he always did things very natural and they didn’t cost him, it was ‘give it to Santi who ends the try’. But also as a player, and I had him as a captain, have the right word, it conveys the thought very well and it reaches you. I think that is something very important that today as a coach he also takes advantage of it. I was able to enjoy it as a player, as a captain, as a reference and the same thing happened to me, I had the right word for the right moment “.
“When we went on tour, all the figures of the sevens would sit down to talk with him, people would look for him to take photos or sign autographs. In those situations, you take on a real dimension of what Santi is not only nationally but also internationally“, Mariano said.
Situation that coincided with what Cherro also related: “I was lucky enough to travel with him on a couple of stages of the World Tour and I remember the whole team desperate to change a jersey, for example the All Blacks, and they didn’t even look at us. They came to look for Santi, they knocked on the door of the room to change his clothes… Speaking of the same country, walking with Santi in New Zealand … He is a very well known guy, rugby there is lived like football in Argentina, he is a star. They recognized him, asked for photos, autographs … Something that suddenly didn’t happen to him in his country. “
In addition, both referred to the Argentine consecration in Japan. “I believe that this Bronze has a very large magnitude because of how it happened, because of the pandemic, because of the preparation. They played against powers and in the middle they had two very important casualties, like Revol, who is not only the benchmark but also the driver “, Baud said to Scrum.
While Cherro added: “What these guys achieved is spectacular because you feel pride as an Argentine… Watching the game against South Africa, knowing from the things that happened … The training, the sacrifice, the care, the things that they left aside because they were there and they were able to fulfill it, because one can do all that and then not achieve it . The truth gives me a lot of happiness and I think that, after a year and a half and things as they are in Argentina, it is something that suits all Argentines, whether we are rugby players or not … It makes me very proud and I lived it with great joy, it never happened to me before I wanted to cry … The truth is that I lived every game tense but I enjoyed it a lot “.