Day Two: USA Rugby Sevens

I didn’t have a lot of motivation to post at the end of Day Two at the USA Rugby Sevens because 1) I was disheartened by Samoa’s loss to Fiji in the quarterfinals (but I was also happy for my friend Isoa who is a die-hard Fijian) and 2) I was still a bit confused as to why USA Rugby and NBC decided to place the quarterfinals at the end of day one when it seemed like there was more than enough time to play the quarters at the beginning of day two leading up to the eventual clash in the cup, plate, bowl and shield finals.

I wasn’t the only one who was confused. Everyone in the stand felt like the organizers could have put more thought into the schedule to accommodate its first ever network TV appearance.  The end result was an anti-climactic affair that resulted in everyone thinking that Samoa actually won the whole tournament when in reality it was South Africa who beat Fiji for their first-ever USA championship.

Regardless, I had an incredible time with my sons, my friends and the fans. As I’ve said in a past post, the fans are truly what make the event and if USA Rugby doesn’t get its act together, they are going to lose momentum and lose a huge following amongst the rugby faithful.

As is always the case at the USA Sevens, I had a great time catching up with old friends, making new friends and teaching my boys about life, rugby and the importance of making lasting, strong, trustworthy friendships. At the end of the day, great rugby always takes a back seat to what matters most: family and friends.

Here are a few of my random shots taken over the weekend.

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Fans ready to head home

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The boys at Miti's house

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No. 3, No. 2, No. 1 and The Big Kid at USA 7s

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Tuunavao, Malaela and Olo Day One

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Me and my buddy Pulou

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Manu Samoa win the USA 7s Plate

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Manu fan sporting his fan gear

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The Crew: Isoa, Malaela, me and Tuunavao

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Me, No.1, Pesamino, Chan Tung, No. 2 and No. 3

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