The Brumbies didn’t win tonight. And I didn’t tip them to.
But I didn’t tip them to hold the competition front runners right down to the wire, away from home, either.
What they did do was play like a team of men who gave a damn, and they came within an ace of success (as is often the way with teams who play like they care).
Foxsports have the details.
But the important thing for the fans is that once again the Brumbies are playing like rebel angels.
A team from Canberra can’t win by playing the same game as everyone else in a comp against teams from Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town, etc. But in the past they’ve been willing to redefine the game, and tonight they looked like a team that can do that.
Losing always sucks. But even the best teams don’t win them all. Tonight they came very close to beating a great team away from home.
So here’s some Giambattista Marino for them:
We fought against the empire of heaven. We were – that I will not deny – vanquished in that conflict: yet the great intention was not lacking in nobility. Something or other gave them victory; to us remains the glory of dauntless daring. And even if my troop fell thence vanquished, yet to have atempted a lofty enterprise is still a trophy.
Here’s to rebel angels, may we see more of their like.