The Pumas missed an unbeatable chance against the All Blacks and settled for the silver medal in Toulouse

They lost in overtime in the final against New Zealand, when they won 19-7 at halftime. On Saturday, they had already secured their qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

A dream weekend, it was also about to be a dream Sunday cougars. Added to the guaranteed classification for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 – for the third time in a row – A silver medal In the seven of another french city like Toulouseafter losing a very even score Against the All Blacks (19-24) in overtime of the tenth roundwhere they had an unbeatable advantage and even options to finally win it.

It wasn’t the best start for Los Pumas who got knocked down hard very early on Canada To get into the gold game, in his own country 100 History against the All Blacks. in the first minute, New Zealand It broke from the inside and got to try Regan Ware under sticks, which also allowed the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

But the response has been unbeatable for those he leads Santiago Gomez Corabecause after healing, Luciano Gonzalez He collected signs with pure power, Rodrigo Sgro built it and German Schulz Supported near ‘H’ to allow for a draw at 7.

Roccolisoa’s yellow card gave Los Pumas a key advantage, and they didn’t waste it to change the score with a single run from Augustine Fraga up to the goal

And on the last play of the first half, Albicelesti appeared Mark Monetawho intercepted a pass on an All Blacks key offense and only went to touch the ice to extend the lead.

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New Zealand reacted at the start of extra time with a long run by Rokuleswa – top scorer for the entire season – who, by conversion, left the distance to just five points.

With three minutes left, the All Blacks struck again on the right: Pace Roderick Solo There was too much for the fastest Argentine (Marcos Moneta) who let the score level at 19 and left the finish open.

Los Pumas had two major mistakes: first a childish hit from Sgro in the last match in normal time and then the start of extra time – Albiceleste’s team won the tie – which also had the advantage of New Zealand getting the ball back and playing the action that ended in the title try Solo’s work again.

Argentina, as happened recently in the final in Singapore, pushed New Zealand to the limits, confirming its dominance in the title of champion of the season, with the final chapter remaining next week in London. The other good? The Pumas had their best ever performance on a world class circuit, with a runner-up finish.

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