More points inflation? Keep the try at 5. I do like the 2 point penalty, and it's long overdue, but let's be fair and allow 3 for a dropped penalty goal attempt as opposed to 2 points for the easier placed kick. That would really bring about some interesting decisions by the captain: go for the easier 2 or the harder to make 3. Just from watching 7s it's obvious that a dropped kick isn't automatic in the least, as it has become somewhat for placed kicks. »
I'm glad New Zealand didn't win the gold in either competition. They win way too much. It's great to see other nations winning. I'm still fuming that New Zealand "beat" Ireland in 2013. When one nation comes to dominate a sport all the time it isn't fun to watch from a spectator's standpoint. Believe me, as an American, I'm not always rooting for my nation in some of these Olympic competitions. It didn't bother me one bit that Sweden beat America in that women's soccer match. I was glad to see another nation win and advance. I was rooting for Australia to beat America in basketball a few days back as well.
Fiji was just too physical for the British side. Big guys who can run fast: nothing beats it. In 15's someone with size and speed can be stopped, like Lomu against France in 1999, and he scored a try in that match nonetheless. 7's is just too wide open. The British, though, had some chances and bad passes equal tries in the other direction. »
I saw some of the women's matches on NBC Sports and CNBC and MSNBC. I did leave the TV set briefly, but I do not believe the Haka was shown prior to the kickoff. Love it that Australia beat New Zealand. I could also take to heart that the New Zealand player, Portia Woodman, who committed the intentional knock on that led to her yellow card, really took the loss personally at the end of the match. »