The All Blacks, leaders in the world ranking and maximum champions of the specialty with 13 titles, took the lead with tries from Akuila Rokolisoa (4′), Roderick Solo (8′) and a conversion from Akuila Rokolisoa (8′).
In the last play of the match, played at the FMG Stadium, the locals were able to win it with a ball supported in the Argentine in goal by Brady Rush that the Portuguese referee Paulo Duarte sanctioned as a knock-on after reviewing the play in the TMO.
The judge’s decision caused the outburst of the Argentine players, who were protagonists of the fourth consecration in 16 finals played by the Sevens World Circuit.
The Pumas7s were champions for the first time in Oceania after winning the three previous times in North America: Los Angeles 2004, San Diego 2009, in the United States, and Vancouver 2022, in Canada.
The Argentine record also includes 12 silver and 21 bronze medals since the creation of the competition in 1999.
Fullback Gastón Revol, the player with the most games played with Los Pumas 7s, considered that “words are superfluous” to describe what was achieved in Hamilton at dawn in Argentina.
“We are happy. Winning a tournament is already difficult, and on top of that, doing it against the All Blacks in the final and in New Zealand, there is no doubt that it is something dreamed of. This is a historic achievement, and we are very happy, ”he celebrated in statements reproduced by the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) website.
On their way to the title, the Pumas 7s also eliminated the Fiji Islands (19-0) and the United States (24-14) in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The qualification to the last round in Hamilton came as second in Group D after defeating Spain (20-5) and Canada (29-14) and losing to South Africa (14-17).
on the podium
In the final, Gómez Cora fielded Rodrigo Isgró, Agustín Fraga, Luciano González, Revol, Vera Feld, Matías Osadczuk (captain) and Moneta and later arranged for Álvarez Fourcade, Wade, Joaquín Pellandini and Germán Schulz.
After Hamilton’s Sevens, which marked their first win of the season, Los Pumas7s climbed to third place in the overall standings with 59 units, behind New Zealand (63) and the United States (61). The next stage of the circuit, fifth of the 11 scheduled, will be held in Sydney, Australia, from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th of January.
At the end of the campaign next May, the first four countries, excluding the organizer France, will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where Los Pumas7s aspire to defend the podium reached for the first time in history in Tokyo.
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