The path of Los Pumas 7s to the bronze medal in Tokyo 2020


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The path of Los Pumas 7s to the bronze medal in Tokyo 2020

The selected one from Argentine seven, gave the first medal to the Argentine delegation as The Pumas overcame, with some suffering, Britain by 17-12 and thus they managed to get on the podium.

The path of the team led by Santiago Gómez Cora started in a very good way since they were able to overcome Australia by 29-19 where he showed a very good defensive solidity in the first half. The tries of the Argentines were converted by: Lucio Cinti, Matías Osadczuk, Marcos Moneta, Santiago Mare, Ignacio Mendy and Lautaro Bazán Velez.

That same day, but on the night shift, The Pumas 7s had to face off with the All Blacks and the result was a 35-14 defeat where the black team was the clear dominator of the entire party. Moneta and Luciano González were the ones who scored for the Argentines. This defeat marked that Argentina had to fight for second place in zone A.

In the last match of the regular season, Argentina showed all the conditions it had against the weakest rival in the group: South Korea. He thrashed it 56-0 with a team that was not the starter that was going to play in the quarterfinals. The tries were converted by: Mendy and Mare on two occasions each, Lautaro Bazán Velez, Osadczuk, Luciano González, Rodrigo Isgro, Germán Schulz and Gastón Revol.

For the quarterfinals, Argentina had a tough save against South Africa, one of the clear candidates to get on the podium. The game for Los Pumas did not start at all well since when two and a half minutes were played, Gastón Revol saw the red card after a dangerous tackle and left his team with one less throughout the game.

Despite this, the Argentines knew how to recover and beat the Sprinboks by 19-14 in an electrifying finale. The Argentine tries were converted by Moneta, on two occasions, Mare and Álvarez. It should be noted when there were seconds left until the end of the match, Bazán Velez saw the yellow card for an intentional knock on and Argentina ended up defending with five players.

With the spirit through the clouds, The Pumas 7s got into the semifinals where they had to face the best in this discipline: Fiji. The islanders started very focused since in three minutes they managed to score two tries, but before the end of the first half, the Argentines were able to turn the game around and take the lead on the scoreboard. Despite this, heThe Fijians were far superior in the second half where every time they attacked they managed to reach the opposite ingoal and took the game 26-14. The tries for the Argentines were scored by Moneta and Mendy.

In the last game, Argentina faced Great Britain in a very close match. Seconds after the start of the match, the British managed to score but Los Pumas knew how to recover and thanks to the tries of Bazán Velez and Moneta, they were able to go to rest at the top of the scoreboard. In the second half, Great Britain sought to close the gap but when he managed to equalize the match, Mendy made a great personal move and managed to score the last try of the match closing the score at 17-12.

Against all odds, The Pumas managed to stay with the bronze in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, improving his participation in Rio de Janeiro 2016 that culminated in sixth position and bringing great joy to the people in Argentina.


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