Pumas Seven qualifies for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
The roller coaster of emotions that was the Toulouse stage left cougar 7s with a strange feeling. On the one hand, the satisfaction of meeting the objective of qualifying for olympic games apparently, has received the best historical classification in world Tour Another great overall performance with second place secured and runner-up. On the other hand, angry about the defeat in the final new zealand in overtime. In short, the three days confirmed the takeoff achieved by the Argentine team this season and the conviction that in the game they are equal to the All Blacks, but that they still have to mature and continue to work (as they have been doing) to achieve his new goal: a gold medal at Paris 2024.
The coach said, “It never occurred to us that every match has a different emotion.” Santiago Gomez Cora, “Sadly it didn’t go off like a perfect dream, New Zealand woke us up in the end. But we are very happy to have accomplished our goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games and finishing second on the World Tour”.
The Pumas 7 reached their fifth final of the season and were looking for their third title. However, they squandered several chances to score when they were in front (19–7), made a couple of errors that saw New Zealand equalize, failed in the final possession of regular time and in extra time the opponent showed they could Why is the two-time champion and maximum winner of the circuit. As happened in the last final in Singapore (19-17).
“We have given life to a team like New Zealand, that when you give it a chance, it changes the game. We made too many mistakes in key positions which ended in a try to put us in a position to win the match. We are hurt, but we have to keep working to win this type of final”, admitted the veteran gaston rebellion, “I think we’re over it. We have more tools with regards to sports. The sports that escaped us were because of the flaws they know how to take advantage of because of physical and personal characteristics. But in the prelude to sports, I feel like we are above this.
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Then what separates them in the first place? According to Santiago Alvarez, the answer is maturity: “It is a long process, where everything is learning and we are still going through that process. We’re still learning how to play this type of ending. It happened to us a year ago that we won against top teams, but we couldn’t go past the quarterfinals until we learned to overcome that hurdle that cost us so much. Finals are those matches as defined in the description. These teams define the game for you in a game. We play to win, what we love most is to win. Next weekend we are going in with the same goal of continuing to improve and grow.”
The conference took place in Toulouse shortly after they left for London, where between Saturday and Sunday they will play in the final leg of the 2022-23 World Tour, Revol, Alvarez and matias osadczuk, the backbone of this team, with the captaincy rotating between them. Although unable to play on this tour due to injury, Royal captain Osadjuk accompanied the team.
“It was one of the most important weekends in the history of the Argentine Seven and we wanted to have it here,” justified Gómez Cora. “He’s been in the team since he was 18 and he’s been with us for seven years. It’s a way of showing the work we do outside the pitch, which fortunately is now showing results.”
In London, the Pumas will seek revenge and emulate what they did in Los Angeles when they won gold in Vancouver after losing in the final. This time, with the peace of mind of achieving the goal of Olympic qualification and finishing second in the circuit, they improved on their 2003–04 performance, when they finished third. Afterwards, a well-deserved rest, extended by the fact that they will not have to go through the continental qualifying round, and look to Paris 2024
“Our aim is to win the gold medal in Paris”, Revol said. This team showed that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.