LIMA (Reuters) – Canada’s women defended their Pan Am Games rugby sevens crown on Sunday while the men’s team found a silver lining in being dethroned by a rampaging Argentina.
Winger Asia Hogan-Rochester tore through the United States with three tries to lead a young squad to a convincing 24-10 win over their arch-rivals.
Moments - Argentina - Men - Team - Reign
But moments later, Argentina brought the men’s team’s reign to a shuddering end with a 33-10 victory that left the Canadians walking off the field, thinking about next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“From within the group it was: ‘You know what? At least this is not the Olympics’,” said Canadian men’s coach Henry Paul.
Coach - Guys - Effort - Lot - Effort
“As a coach you just ask the guys for effort and I thought we had a lot of effort there, we just didn’t react fast enough.
“I think the early try from us really woke them up.”
Canada - Gold - Medal - Contest - Josiah
Canada began the gold medal contest smartly with Josiah Morra scoring the opening try but it was all downhill from there as Argentina, sparked by two tries from Luciano Daniel Gonzalez Rizzoni, stormed to 21-5 halftime lead, then piled on the punishment.
Both the men’s and women’s bronze medal games needed extra-time to decide.
United - States - Brazil - Place - Men
The United States beat Brazil 24-19 to take third place on the men’s podium while Colombia topped Brazil 29-24 in the women’s.
Like the men, the Canadian women got on the scoreboard first with a Hogan-Rochester try but never lost control as the U.S....
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