Originally Posted by Doc Happenin
Internet is having a field day with America, OF COURSE, winning at shooting.
Also, 14 minutes of Rugby sounds exhausting. I can only imagine what 80 goddamn minutes is like.
14 minutes of Rugby Sevens is a tougher bargain than 14 minutes of Rugby Union or League to be fair. It's a faster-paced game and because the teams are half as big, there's twice the field real estate to cover compared to Union or League.
There's also the tournament nature of Sevens, which means you can play two or three games a day, while the Union and League codes typically have a week to recover between games.
It can be a very fun game to watch though, especially for casual non-Rugby sports fans, since while it has some of the power and physicality of Union and League it's much simpler and moves faster than Union in particular. And while the US teams aren't favourites, they've been a Top 6 ranked side for the last couple of years and have proved in the past they have the skills and athleticism to give the top sides trouble. Madison Hughes for example scored more points than any other player in the world in the most recent season and the US finished 3rd in the last tournament prior to the Games. They're live dogs in the Rio Olympic Sevens for sure, and any time there's a sport in which the US can go in as underdogs while having a shot at gold there's some good drama to be had, since it feels like in most other sports they should be the superpowered favourites.
-Edited by Bucho - 8/6/16 at 5:15pm