Argentina claim third gold medal at London Sevens
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Sequence 2023 got here to an exciting conclusion on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium with Argentina defeating Fiji to claim their third cup title of the season.
Each finalists squeezed their semi-final opponents earlier within the day with Fiji beating Sequence champions New Zealand by 19-17 to make the ultimate.
The All Blacks Sevens began quick with some punishing defence which led to a turnover attempt to Akuila Rokolisoa inside the primary two minutes.
One other attempt to Dylan Collier gave them 12-0 lead with New Zealand wanting harmful. A third was on supply for Sam Dickson however a Waisea Nacuqu deal with dislodged the ball over the road.
It proved to be pivotal as Fiji stormed again to take a 14-12 lead earlier than a Regan Ware strive seemed to have sealed it for New Zealand.
A turnover with sixty seconds to play gave Fiji one final likelihood. After an extended break the Fijians obtained a penalty which noticed a fast faucet from Viwa Naduvalo to dive over and take the win.
Within the different semi-final Argentina withstood a robust problem from Samoa to win 10-7.
Regardless of Fiji scoring first within the closing, a pink card to Josese Batirerega for a lifting deal with on Luciano Gonzalez drastically altered proceedings.
With an additional man Argentina have been to not be denied their third gold of Sequence with a 35-14 victory.
German Schulz scored the primary by splitting Fiji up the center after a variety of phases earlier than speedster Marcos Moneta scored in comparable trend from a messy scrum.
Fiji have been in a position to stage scores at 14-all by half-time however the man benefit proved an excessive amount of.
Rodrigo Isgro booted an extended raking kick downfield for Moneta to chase, which the flying No 13 managed to tug in.
A final-ditch deal with practically saved the day however a Moneta offload again to Isgro gave Argentina a 21-14 lead.
Moneta arrange Isgro once more for his second strive earlier than scoring a double himself after many passes.
Argentina’s third gold after wins in Hamilton and Vancouver sealed second place for the Sequence, whereas Fiji claimed third total.
Within the bronze closing of the London leg Samoa got here away with their first win in a medal match in 10 makes an attempt with a 24-19 win over New Zealand.
New Zealand being topped 2023 Sequence champions, Australia claiming the ultimate Paris 2024 Summer time Olympics spot and Canada retaining core standing with a passionate victory over Kenya within the 2024 Play-off.