We all thought the English were going to win this game, as they’d already gone 10-0 up by half time. However, the Australians didn’t go down without a fight. They never do!
As the second half progressed, the looks on the English supporters’ faces changed from tremendous joy to agonizing pain. Now that look was not to be missed. The Australians were too good to lose the game, since they had won lots of tournaments, and they ended up winning 22-18. It was a good day to be an Australian supporter.
I felt like a zebra among horses, not knowing all the rules, but it didn’t stop me from jumping up and down and throwing my fists in the air as England scored a try, even as they lost. They lost after trying with all their might – for the first half that is.
I asked an Australian supporter what he thought about the game and all he said was, ”Pride comes before a fall for England.”
I was struck by the fact that 13 players from each team had practised so hard for that one game, one moment, one chance. Having so many injuries, enduring so much pain, in the process losing sweat and blood. I wanted to find the reasons why they do it, so I asked a rugby player.
He replied, “Knowing that all the things you have gone through have finally paid off, the blood, sweat, the tears turning into cheers makes me feel proud. Not everything comes easily in the world and these hard sports are the perfect example of it.”
What lessons have I learnt whilst watching this sport for the first time? It’s hard to beat the Australians. If you work hard, you get your reward. Rugby is as good as it gets.