Rugby 7s Rocks Ibrox
IRB CEO, Brett Gosper, let the world know last weekend just how successful the 7s had been:
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) July 27, 2014
And he wasn’t the only one that had a good time. What made it such an astounding success, in the main, were the vibrant fans that created such a good atmosphere:
— RebeccaHamilton (@HamiltonBecs) July 28, 2014
Despite being a bit of a let down for the Northern Hemisphere teams, none of which made it to the semi finals, the Rugby 7s at the Games were fantastic.
Scotland narrowly missed out on being the first team to beat New Zealand at Commonwealth Games 7s, in the first game, losing only by 17-14. Most of the early pool stage games were wipe outs and yet the crowd always gave the underdog encouragement even in the face of certain defeat.
This event has been very encouraging ahead of the Olympics in 2016. Rio will be the first time 7s are played at Olympic level and the pressure will be high on the teams to deliver even better performances than this year against a wider range of nations. Perhaps a Northern Hemisphere team will see some podium action come 2016.
The final of the 7s was also history making. To see the highlights click here. South Africa rose to beat New Zealand, 3 tries to their 2 and stopped them winning their 5th consecutive Gold in the 7s. It was great to see such support for the increasingly popular code of rugby. We expect we’ll be seeing a lot more 7s over the coming years.
Were you there? Tell us what you thought of the 7s in the comments below.