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The Sevens is a Sore Place for the Kiwis

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Rob West
Rob West
Tim Mikkelson held Damon Murphy. NZPA

Despite official support from a medley of Flashes, cavemen, doctors and many more, the Kiwis couldn’t pull off a win on Saturday. The Sevens was a magnificent event, with dancers, singers and way more besides showing off and keeping everyone entertained during the rugby. If that wasn’t enough for the average punter, then the vast array of costumes from the fantastic to the bizarre left one smiling.

The festival atmosphere of the stadium and Courtenay Place afterward also induced some fun, and though the city was packed the vibe felt positive. For me the vibe was doubly positive as my team had just pulled one over the Kiwis in the final of the Wellington Sevens. By any measure, this was quite an achievement.

I am not going to use this platform to make the New Zealanders feel any more down trodden, because let’s face it, the England team trod you down pretty good already. I am not going to use it to make you feel any more resentment to the “bloody poms”, because more than likely its great enough already after we trashed you on Saturday. I am also not going to use it to gloat about the victory, because that would just be crass!

Jokes aside, the final and most of the games leading up to it, was an exciting event. It was fast paced and there was some solid defence on offer from both sides as well as some pretty vital flare. It looked, at the end of the first half, like England had been outpaced, outskilled and outclassed. I was settling in for the inevitable mocking that I would receive as the second half kicked off.

But England produced a performance more solid than the Kiwis had in the first and the men in black finally let the exhaustion tell on their defence. Holes were opened up and exploited across the field. It couldn’t have been closer overall, the final try and conversion to seal the deal coming after the time had run out. However, England lifted the cup and the party carried on regardless in Welly. And what a party?!

Watching the sport news last night, I couldn’t help but notice that the reporter was taking every opportunity to slam English sports and show that the Kiwis were on top of every other sporting field. Strong language was used such as “humiliation” followed by a very short section on the Sevens. It did feel a little like an attempt to cover for the previous day’s rugby mishap.

I am already looking forward to next year’s Sevens with the wild vibes running through the massed thousands on Courtenay and Cuba, the wonderful costumes and the abandon people behave with when dressed so, the impromptu mini parties bursting out along the streets and the thousands upon thousands of smiling faces and dancing feet.

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