Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 29 July 2019


The “Pumas” won their first gold medal at Pan American Games, accompanied by a group of fans in Villa María del Triunfo. Canada won in the women’s competition.

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Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center hosted the top rugby teams of the Americas, after three days of intense matches. Argentina defeated the two-time Pan American Champion, Canada, after spending 15 minutes surpassing their rivals in every aspect of the match. The Argentinian fans gathered in the grandstands and witnessed the great performance of the “Pumas” with great excitement. 

The Argentinians took the lead from the very beginning, scoring five five-point tries that made it difficult for the Canadians to even the score. The most notable Argentinian players were scorer Luciano Gonzalez and number 10, Santiago Mare, always precise in their conversions and penalties. 

“It was a great match for Argentina, not only because we won the medal that had been denied to us at the last two Pan American Games. Even though they scored a try early on, we stayed focused and finally surpassed them physically and tactically. The tournament was also well organized and we’re grateful for each gesture,” stated Santiago Mare.  

As for the women’s event, Canada defeated the United States for the second time in a row and claimed the gold medal. The Canadian team dominated the match from start to finish with a 24-10 victory.