New Zealand All-Blacks, Black Ferns, Take Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 SF
Perry Baker of USA Rugby said that he didn’t think of the All-Blacks when I asked him if he was tired of all of the talk about them in our interview.
Well, after both the All-Blacks and their female version called The Black Ferns crushed their opposition, Mr. Baker has to spend another few contests pretending like they don’t at all exist, when not only does everyone else know they do, they are hailed by some as the best ever.
The New Zealand All-Blacks clobbered England 33 to 12. And just when Her Majesty’s team looked like it was going to make a game of it, The All Blacks made two scoring drives that were of such intimidating power, they had to be seen to be believed.
England defenders were bouncing off All-Blacks ball carriers and in a fashion that was purely comical. England men looked smaller and for all the world played smaller.
While the same could not be said for the Black Ferns, was of equal note was their very physical high leg power running style. They keep their legs moving like pistons, even with hard and direct tackle attempts. That style calls for amazing leg power and so gives away one possible edge the Black Ferns and All Blacks have: training style.
In all New Zealand was a model for consistency. While Fiji was far and away the crowd favorite, and their fans bragged of a “dream team”, that claim was reduced to nothing more than a cruel joke.
The dream was destroyed and replaced by the tough reality of New Zealand Rugby Sevens superiority.