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).
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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.