7's in Cape Town
So Cape Town was introduced to the real Sevens game this past weekend.
While we all wished (some prayed) for the BlitzBokke to make it four-in-a-row at home, about 54,995 punters on Sunday were shown just how heartbreaking the game can be.
The BlitzBokke won the SA-leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Port Elizabeth in 2013 and 2014, while taking the Cup at the inaugural Cape Town Sevens in 2015 when they beat South American upstarts Argentina in the Cup Final.
Overall, South Africa finished the past three HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series seasons as runners-up to a mercurial Fiji Sevens team. They also have enough Plates in their trophy cabinet to treat, well, Jacob Zuma’s inflated cabinet to dinner.
On Sunday, the Springbok Sevens were beaten by an un-fancied English side by 19 – 17, the difference in the end being a mere successful conversion by Tom Mitchell.
The great Frankie Horne once said that: “Sevens was designed to break hearts.”
On Sunday… a great many were.