Puma Sevens back in their field of dreams

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 6 February 2013
 
 Puma Sevens back in their field of dreams
Argentina celebrate beating New Zealand to win their first ever IRB Sevens Cup title, in USA in 2004

Since the USA Sevens tournament first became a regular fixture on the IRB's Sevens World Series nine years ago, it has produced its fair share of surprise results.

New Zealand seem to have put their stamp on the lion's share of tournaments and venues down the years, but here in the States they have won only two of nine Cup battles waged, the most recent back in 2008.

Samoa have also won the title twice, including last year in a heart-stopping final against the kiwis, and the only other side to have won on US soil more than once is Argentina.

The Pumas have only two IRB Sevens Cup successes to their name, in 2004 and 2009, and both of them were won in the USA.

"In 2004 it was hugely important for Argentina, because it was our first tournament victory," said current coach Andres Romagnoli, who was part of that victorious side in Carson, Los Angeles.

"Now it's always nice to come back to the USA because this is where we have had our success stories - in LA and then in San Diego in 2009. And now we want to win here in Las Vegas.

"In 2004 we played some very good Sevens, we beat New Zealand for the first time (in the Cup final) and really played for eachother."

Having beaten Fiji, France, Samoa and New Zealand en route to victory in 2004, the Pumas saw off Wales, Samoa, hosts USA and England to win the Cup in 2009 in San Diego.

"In 2009 it was similar - a great team with very good players, many of whom went on to play a lot of tests for the Pumas in the last four years.

"Last week in Wellington was difficult for us. We won a tough match against France to go into the Cup quarter finals but Samoa were too strong for us on the day. So now we are doing all we can to turn things around."

Golden Moments: Puma win USA Sevens '04 and '09

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 4
24-26 Jan 2014

Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
CAN37
KEN35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
AUS37
FIJ35
SCO33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
ENG37
POR35
URU33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
FRA39
ARG37
USA35
ESP33
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Photos
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