Sevens RWC latest- finals day in Dubai
In the land of sand & mighty buildings all eyes will be firmly fixed on the Sevens today as 8 teams are in the hunt now.
In this marvellous country there is so much to see & so much might on offer. Driving about it really is like a giant playground for a kid, scattered around are huge diggers, construction sites pop out everywhere and beside them are sky scraper wonder buildings that make you dizzy looking up at them.
Today though all eyes will be on centre pitch as teams stake their claim for the world cup. The men and woman from Oceania have been battling & we have 3 men’s teams and 2 woman’s teams still in with a chance. Ladies first of course, we have the Wallaroos who have looked very good to date, they have wheels to burn and the team looks very cohesive and ready for more. The Kiwi’s have looked in power mode, with powerhouse Linda Itunu gaining huge yards, they are using her as you would & running off this amazing player’s unloads.
In the red-hot men’s division Samoa, NZ, & Fiji are still alive. Samoa will flex the pacific muscle against England in the quarterfinals and to be honest every one of the quarterfinals is worthy of a final. England were in brutal form last night when they dispatched Kenya with ease, this though can go two ways. They have either played their best game & may ease off a tad, or they will roll on against Samoa. On current indicators upsets have been alive and well this year, Samoa have a chance to make the Semi’s with a win and with their blend of flair and experience nobody can rule them out.
The kiwis play the team that snuck into the quarters through the back door-Wales. The Welsh have grown a lot over this IRB season, but the NZ monster team is just hitting 3rd gear at this stage and one would imagine they will slap it into 4th gear from now on in. Victor Vito has been sparsely used so far; either Mr Titchens is saving him, messing with other teams minds, or a bit of both. NZ has really been going through the motions so far, their play has been well drilled and they are using the fill width of the pitch, however with crunch time looming a lot more aggression will come into their game.
Fiji play Kenya in what is the most mouth watering flamboyant game you could dream of, it is almost a shame these two collide as seeing each of them playing structured squads like England and Argentina would be wonderful and maybe both could progress through those games. Today though the crowds sweetheart teams will play each other, the cheering will be deafening and counter-attacking rugby at its best is on the menu. The reigning world champions Fiji are not even getting a mention by the world press at the event, all other names are being floated about and this is perfect, Fiji and Samoa are in the mix, they are under the radar and about to launch an attack on the world!