Argentina has defeated Fiji in the finals of the Vancouver Rugby 7s, with the Santiago Gomez Cora- coached side playing exceptionally well throughout the weekend and outplaying Fiji 29-10 in the final match.
World Rugby current Sevens Player of the Year Marcos Moneta was instrumental in his team’s victory, as he dotted in two tries in the final, which took his tally for the weekend to 10. Moneta was also the Player of the Final.
As a former player and legend of the sport, Coach Gomez Cora was very emotional after the win, saying: “You have to dream because dreams do come. I loved playing on the circuit, but ever since I have been a coach this has been the moment I have been working towards and my players must take all the credit because they work so hard and they wanted to win this one for their country so much.”
Argentina last won a title way back when Gomez Cora was playing, so it was a momentous win for the South Americans.
In the leadup to the final, Fiji was looking dangerous and untouchable all weekend long.
The Ben Gollings side built on its outstanding outing in Singapore and will be looking to maintain its current form over the next tournaments.
Although it missed out on a medal, Samoa won the hearts of the spectators in Vancouver. Loud cheers of support and motivation filled the Dome each time they showcased their skills and speed. It has been a while since Samoa showed its presence and dominance in the series. It’s good to have them back.
The next tournament will be held in Toulouse, France on the 20th – 22nd of May.
The 7s Series race is heating up
South Africa maintain pole position in the Series standings after six rounds with 111 points, but their lead over Australia has narrowed to six points (105) and Argentina are in third position with 100 points.
Fiji is now on 6th place with 65 points, New Zealand in 11th place with 31 points and Samoa in 15th 26 points.
Women 7s excited to make a return.
The Women’s competition will soon resume in Langford, Canada from 30th April – 1st May. At-present Australia has a commanding lead of 76 points on the table, followed by France (58) and Russia (56).
The Fijiana are in 6th place with 37 points.
The New Zealand Black Ferns will be expected to make their return in Langford after a very long stint away from the international competition ever since their Olympic Gold medal victory in Tokyo last year.
This will make for an exciting tournament in the southern Vancouver Island of British Columbia.