There's No "I" In Rugby, But There Is In Fiji
When a rugby player touches the ball down in the opponent's in-goal area, it's a "try," worth 5 points. That may sound weird compared to the NFL's obsession with players breaking the invisible plane that extends from the field all the way up to where Sandra Bullock is floating in a Chinese space capsule, but hey, where do you think the term "Touchdown" comes from? Anyway, the point is "Do not hesitate to touch the in-goal ground with a rugby ball." If you do, you will not score, you will be ridiculed on the internet, and you'll get a Scot-shaped bruise:
The offending player was Semi Kunatani from Fiji who was celebrating against Scotland in the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens. As numerous English monarchs have learned the hard way, you do not show up the Scots. To recap, the Scottish defender caught up to the Fiji showboater, saving five points, which to me, looks like Don Beebe running down Lindsay Jacobellis (would someone with internet skills make that video happen for me?). Unfortunately for Fiji, it's not the first time they've done this:
So is the moral "Don't showboat?" Uh, no. Turns out Fiji won the whole tournament anyway. So kids, go ahead and try this at home.
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David Young has been a columnist for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, but rarely gets the chance to showboat. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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