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Comment: Will the Sevens cycle be unbroken at Twickers?

It was one year ago, on a sunny Sunday morning in May, that I found myself at the bottom of a pile of teammates; a pile drenched in sweat and exhausted to the bone, but a pile utterly euphoric. We had just beaten New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the Twickenham Sevens, and had become the first Scottish team at any level to beat an All Black’s side in Scottish Rugby’s century-and-a-half long history. It was a feat that on a number of occasions that season we had narrowly missed out on, but on that morning – the last chance of the year for the team and of their career for the retiring Scott Wight and Mark Robertson – we finally came good, and from 21 points behind at half time.

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Jamie Farndale says losing a lead can be all about losing focus. Picture: SNS.

Jamie Farndale: Negative thinking can ‘blow a game’

Blowing a lead is almost a cliché
in sport. Throughout sporting history lie examples of heroic comebacks and embarrassing chokes. Just last year, The Golden State Warriors became the first team to blow a 3-1 lead in an NBA finals, a feat which is still the butt of social media jokes.

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