The Pumas 7s beat England and will play their first final of the year on the circuit
The excellent form of the Pumas 7s was confirmed with the classification for the final of the third stage of the international circuit, after beating England 26-17.
In the decisive match of the tournament played in Malaga, Spain, the Argentine team will face South Africa, which beat Australia 19-0 in the other semifinal. The match is scheduled for 2:56 p.m.
The team that reached the podium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games thus maintains an impeccable journey on the international circuit. After claiming two bronze medals in Dubai, she reached her first final of the season.
Luciano González opened the account for the Pumas and Felipe del Mestre increased the advantage. The latter, in addition, was in charge of hitting the conversions. But in a brilliant individual maneuver by Blake Boyland, he scored the discount and the first half closed 14-5 in favor of the Argentines.
A new Argentine conquest came at the start of the second half, when Lautaro Bazán Vélez broke through the center to support the third try. But the procedure was not easy, because Alex Davis immediately answered with another British discount (Ed Coulson conversion). The opposition’s resistance fell two minutes later with Rodrigo Isgro’s try. Coulson’s last try was just to decorate the scoreboard.
Del Mestre’s try, including a tackle on the referee
Argentina arrived with two very important casualties, those of Captain Santiago Álvarez and Sub-Captain Gastón Revol, who tested positive for Covid-19 in the tests prior to the contest. But also, his greatest figure, Marcos Moneta (elected the best sevens player in the world), he acted for a short time and his physical condition decreased due to muscular discomfort.
The formation arranged for the semifinal by Santiago Gómez COra was with Germán Schultz, Joaquín de la Vega, Rodrigo Isgro, Lautaro Bazán Vélez, Felipe del Mestre, Luciano González and Santiago Vera Feld. The substitutes: Franco Sábato, Marcos Moneta, Joaquín Lamas, Agustín Fraga and Tomás Elizalde.
In Malaga, the teams benefited from the absence of New Zealand and Fiji, two of the three strongest teams on the planet, along with South Africa.