Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Game to Remember



Rugby World Cup. No. 8 ranked team in the world Ireland vs Rugby Minnows USA. A morning remembrance service in New Plymouth. Tears in the eyes of the USA team. The US Ambassador to New Zealand in tears. The US Marines band fly in from Hawaii and parade down the longest high street in the Southern Hemisphere. Both teams wear black arm-bands. The US team belt out the Anthem so they can be heard in New York. Rugby Park is full to capacity. And for 80 minutes we belt every green shirt we see. We play with ferocity, courage, spirit and heart. We lose (narrowly) by 22-10. We have never played better. God Bless America.

2 comments:

nathanhardy said...

Now for Russia...

THLA said...

Actually we have probably played better - the 2002 game against South Africa comes to mind. There have been others as well, games in which we displayed creativity on offense as well as spirited defense. But it's fair to say we've never played better in the Kevin Roberts/Nigel Melville era. I don't know whether the gap keeps widening between the US and Tier 1 nations or whether there are other factors, but here's hoping it continues as that was a fine performance vs. Ireland.