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Friday, February 20, 2009

Argentina beat England to win the San Diego Sevens

Argentina beat England to win the San Diego Sevens

Argentina produced a fantastic win at the USA Sevens tournament in San Diego this past weekend. Beating England 19-14 in the final, they won only their second ever Sevens World Series title.

Behind 14-5 at halftime, the Pumas came back strongly with tries from Martin Rodrigues and Lucas Amorosino, before their defence muscled up to hold England at bay for a full five minutes.

Tom Biggs and Ben Gollings had both scored first-half tries for England, either side of one by Argentina captain Santiago Gomez Cora.

Argentina's Duncan Forrester said even he was surprised to win this tournament.

Forrester said normally people expect South Africa, New Zealand and England to win these tournaments, but he thinks they were in good form after a good performance in Wellington.

The win opens up the race for the 2008-09 World Series, as England and South Africa are now joint-top on 60 points, eight clear of New Zealand on 52. Argentina lie fourth with 48 ahead of Fiji, Kenya and the USA, who take 12 points from their home event.


Time: 07:33
Note: If you're in the US and would like to see coverage of the event for the first time ever on a national broadcaster, check out ABC's show this Sunday at 5pm EST. More info here .


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Kember February 20, 2009 3:08 pm

These 'upsets' are just one of the things that make 7's so appealing. I think Kenya beat the Kiwis!Would like to see it at the Olympics

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themull February 20, 2009 3:25 pm

That was possibly the worst referreing decision i've ever seen in my life where the ref allowed Argentina to win the ball back at the end there...First of all the tackler just lay on the Eng side not allowin the ball to come back then secondly aanother player comes in and almost immediately goes off his feet...

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Hendrick February 20, 2009 4:22 pm

I was thinking that to themull, but then again the U.S got hosed by a ref too.

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Billybob February 20, 2009 4:43 pm

If the argentinian national team were in a competition like the 6Ns then they would be outstanding, they've got some of the most talented but underrated players in the world.

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Kember February 20, 2009 4:47 pm

Well they came 3rd in the world cup. 3N would be better for them and for the competition but the problem is most of the players are based in Europe. How can a country that came 3rd in the world cup not have it's own league? probably not enough of a player base I suppose which makes them all the more admirable...

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Chris February 20, 2009 5:09 pm

I'm just glad to see that abc is playing 7s on national tv on Sunday, 5 pm also! Incredible.

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Anonymous February 20, 2009 6:49 pm

Did you know, that evry single argentina sevens player is an amateur?

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Z Cacetudo | The Dai February 20, 2009 7:33 pm

Kenya did beat New Zealand on the Saturday. There were some great games and several shock results throughout the tournament.

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curtis February 20, 2009 9:22 pm

who was the commentator? he sounded like he didnt know what he was talking about lol

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Lalo February 20, 2009 10:02 pm

Argentina does have its own league but the difference is that it is an amateur league with amateur players but there is definitely a player base for the future

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no9 February 20, 2009 10:29 pm

i dont understand why people think argentina could be in the six nations. i wouldn't mind expanding the tournament but you cant honestly expect ant of the existing teams to be able to play well if they have to travel to south america on the monday and play on the saterday or sunday.

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Cheis February 21, 2009 12:47 am

@ no9why not?works for the tri-nations!not ideal, but it works..

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Kim February 21, 2009 3:09 am

Chris, with you there about there finally being some rugby on tv in the US. Some of my teammates and I are going to watch. Booked a tv room for it.

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K. Hav February 21, 2009 4:11 am

Ditto on the excited about watching Sevens on TV! It'll be an awesome way to recover from the social!

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Lalo February 21, 2009 6:57 pm

no9 you should know that the pumas have an offer to play in spain so the other teams in the 6 nations wouldnt have to travel to south america

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caucau's no.1 fan February 22, 2009 1:18 am

leave it blue....leave it blue.....no actually you can have it. wtf? worst referee ever, you would think the words coming out of his mouth might have triggered something in his brain. guess not. what a tool!

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Bahiano February 22, 2009 2:36 am

So how would that work, Lalo? Wouldn't they just be the Spanish Pumas, then?...or would it only be during the 6N that they'd stay in Spain...or....I'm not sure I follow.

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Lalo February 22, 2009 5:54 am

They would only stay in spain during the 6n to host their matches, so they can be in europe and make it easier for the tournament to develop

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Anonymous February 22, 2009 2:58 pm

and the argentinians fans would make the trip to spain every week?...

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R February 22, 2009 3:02 pm

guess there wouldnt be many...

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Anonymous February 22, 2009 3:08 pm

7's is sooooooooo boring...

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think tank February 22, 2009 6:04 pm

@ anonymous(that really annoys me by the way)how can you say 7's is boring? its a great showcase for skillfull players from all over the planet with some great examples of pace, strength,footwork and vision being shown in this video that many full internationals would struggle to replicate

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Anonymous February 22, 2009 10:48 pm

"7s is soooooo boring"that guy is clearly an idiot.

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Kim February 22, 2009 11:40 pm

Unfortunately, we kinda hoped they'd at least show a little more from the women's side (we're a women's college team). A couple of our alumns play with Beantown and a Beantown player made the opening try against England (if I heard correctly) so we were hoping we'd actually get to see some of that (aka more than the 2 sec they showed). Especially since 40% of all US players are women and our women's teams are better internationally than our mean's teams... oh well.

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gongshow February 23, 2009 4:54 am

Wow, England just can't beat Argentina lately eh...At home or abroad

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Anonymous February 23, 2009 10:23 am

So it's ok for the tri-nations to travel across continents, but the precious Europeans can't be expected to do so?

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Kember February 23, 2009 11:23 am

Fuck off anonymousStop trying to start more NH/SH shit when you havn't the balls or the brains to even put a name...I'm bored of it and I dare say the majority of other people on this site are aswell.

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andy February 23, 2009 1:20 pm

thanks anonymous. Why do you think we're precious? Is it because we have a better tournament than you?

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Dune February 23, 2009 8:28 pm

I thought that the IRB had already decided that Argentina would join the Tri-nations once Argentina set up it's own professional league and at a time when TV contracts for the Tri-nations could be renewed/modified.Hopefully the raised profile that sevens will hopefully receive after a mainstream TV broadcast in the US will improve it's chances of being included in future Olympics.P.S. Good game.

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Anonymous February 24, 2009 3:33 pm

Argentina has started a "high performance project". Almost 40 player has been selected for this project for play for money in Argentina.. this project is for not all players go to european clubs. And there is other project to the Pumas to play the tri nations after the 2011 world cup in new zeland.

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