Ahhh. Somewhere in the States today, there sat a fellow in a faded green and gold jersey (circa 1995 or 2007?), slowly sipping on his Sierra Nevada, with the sudden realization that the Blitzbokke were about to lose twice in the same weekend to Team USA. Clutching that beer very tightly, he eyed the exit of the local pub wondering if it would be possible to slip out before anyone noticed his Bok jersey.
First of all a 19-12 “sharp punch to the nose with the clenched fist” in the final round robin game of the London Sevens to announce to the world that nobody can take an Eagles sevens team lightly anymore (editors note: I saw many a post this weekend remarking that the Blitzbokke “need only beat the Eagles” to win their group). Then the Eagles follow it up on Sunday with a “kneel on your chest and repeatedly slap you in the face whilst delivering a wedgie” 22-5 dismissal in the plate semi-final to deliver the one of the great David and Goliath feel-good victories.
They might have made a hose of Iraq, but they got Twickenham pretty right this weekend.
While other blogs might be writing about the England defeat, the real story is most definitely how the plucky Americanos managed to pull it over the Boks twice in one weekend. Yes, once is pretty impressive and can happen in the game of Sevens, but twice in a weekend is a bitch slap to your reputation.
America. Here’s to you and your Bruce Springsteen.