In one of the most anticipated matches of the day, the All Blacks Sevens took on Argentina. The first strike came from Argentina’s Gaston Revol who was Johnny on the spot with a boot on a loose pass, then covering the ball in goal for the try. He also connected on the conversion for the crucial seven-pointer. But that full lead was not long held before Sione Molia got five points for New Zealand. Argentina extended the lead to nine points thanks to Renzo Barbier’s try and Revol’s second conversion, which is where the match stood at the half.
The second half started in New Zealand’s favor when Joe Ravouvou crossed for a converted try. But again, Argentina had an answer through Lautaro Bazan Velez. Revol’s long conversion returned the lead to two scores. The seesaw action continued when Etene Nanai-Seturo dotted down under the post to pull the All Blacks within two. But Argentina hit one more try to come out with a magnificent 26–19 victory.
The win likely slots Argentina in the top spot of the pool. It is a dramatic improvement from the tenth-place finish in Hamilton for the Argentinians. For New Zealand a potential loss to Scotland tomorrow could mean missing the quarterfinal for the first time in the team’s history.