In the intriguing Pool C the match between Argentina and Russia holds a great deal of interest. As one of only a handful of teams to ever win a World Series tournament, let alone more than one, Argentina has a proud tradition at the USA Sevens, having twice claimed the tournament crown. Russia, a relative novice on the world stage, having reached core status just two years ago, entered with momentum built by a four match winning streak leading to the challenge trophy in Sydney. For either team, a victory is almost a must to keep hopes alive of reaching the cup quarterfinal.
With everything to play for, Argentina proved that there is something magical about the USA Sevens for the Argentines, as they stormed to a 26–0 lead at intermission. The second half started much as the first ended. Argentina extended the lead to 31–0 and refused to relent on attack. The pressure left Russia down a man by way of a yellow card with 4:30 left. Argentina made short work of the over-matched Russians to add yet another score. Argentina added a second before Russia returned to full strength. Finally, with the restart going out on the full, Argentina committed an error that gave Russia a chance of salvaging some pride. Despite a good effort at breaking the shutout, Russia turned the ball over deep in the Argentina twenty-two. In the end, it was all Argentina. Argentina 43, Russia 0.
It is always tough to tell after the first match whether one team is over performing or the other falling well below expectations. At the moment, however, it looks like Argentina may well be ready to claim a top-two seed in a tough Pool C and maybe much more.