After the Bronze achieved by the Pumas 7’s in Tokyo, several Argentine rugby referents echoed and showed their happiness for the work done by the blue and white team at the Games. Two of them were Olympians in Rio 2016, Juan Pablo Estellés and Nicolás Bruzzone who told Scrum their feelings.
“I started to think before the Games started what the boys must have been these last years … To think that they had been training for a long time with a fixed objective, without knowing if there were going to be Olympic Games or not , without knowing what was going to happen … If everything they had been doing was going to be possible or not. Still, keep training and leaving everything day after day for a super long time, with a future that is a unknown … How complicated it is to do that and how convinced you have to be “, expressed the Rosario.
Later, the player who emerged in Atlético del Rosario added: “Those adversities, which all countries go through, are the ones that make you stronger, the ones that unite you more than ever and keep you going … This group luckily succeeded, it was reflected in the game … He was so happy that I sent messages to the boys and coaches too, super happy. You can see the work they have been doing, both on and off the court, the coaches and the entire staff. “
Finally, Estellés finished: “It was a beautiful moment, I think it is also seen in the relief of the boys. An immense joy. They left the whole country happy and all of us who love this sport with a full heart. It shows when everything is left on the field, they have nothing to reproach themselves for. Beating South Africa, seven against seven, is very difficult … If South Africa gets a red and you have one more, it is still difficult … But beating South Africa with one less, is almost impossible … I don’t know how they did … “.
For his part, Nicolás Bruzzone said: “I saw the boys very well, the truth is that in the process from game to game they were solid, with a lot of ambition and a good mix of experience with youth. As the games developed, the team grew as well. Really a The game with South Africa was totally atypical with the circumstances that happened and I lived it with great happiness that they were able to move forward, what at that time was presented as an adversity, and in the way in which they did it. “
“It was something tremendous for everyone, something to be very proud of. To have achieved the Bronze is crazy. To have obtained a medal, speaks very well of the whole process that this team has gone through, both coaches and players. The match against Great Britain was a rematch, but they were match by match. Obviously it has a special sense for some of us to live in Rio, but I think the team was also quite well made up of new players who were very hungry “, said the current coach who works in Chilean rugby.
Finally, Bruzzone concluded: “The effort of the boys was tremendous, they have made a great sacrifice to be able to get together to train, like all the athletes who are in the delegation. It is a joy that they have achieved this result. It speaks very well of the processes, it is the best reflection above all this. From the UAR to the coaches, leaders and all those who make up the final product; I think the process for this medal has been excellent. “