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Argentina shock Fiji to win Vancouver Sevens

MONTREAL (AFP) – Argentina upset Olympic champions Fiji 29-10 to win the Vancouver leg of the World Rugby Sevens, their first win in the series since 2009.

Marcos Moneta and Felipe Del Mestre scored two tries apiece for Argentina in the emotional triumph over a Fijian side coming off a victory in the Singapore Sevens a week earlier.

“You have to dream, because dreams do come,” said Argentinian coach Santiago Gomez Cora, who was playing the last time they won a Cup event on the circuit.

“Ever since I have been a coach this has been the moment I have been working towards, and my players must take all the credit because they work so hard and they wanted to win this one for their country so much.”

Fiji had taken the lead on two minutes on Kaminieli Rasaku’s unconverted try.

Ninety seconds later, Moneta scored his ninth try of the weekend, which Tobias Wade converted.

Argentina, who earned Olympic bronze in Tokyo, added two more tries before halftime. They led 17-5 with seven minutes remaining, but after Wade received a yellow card, Fiji capitalised with a score from Jerry Tuwai.

But Del Mestre’s converted try, set-up by Moneta, put Argentina up 24-10, and another try from Del Mestre ended it.

Australia took the bronze medal with a 21-19 victory over Samoa. South Africa finished fifth but maintained their lead in the series after six rounds with 111 points.

Argentina’s Gaston Revol holds the championship cup. PHOTO: AP