Such A Beautiful Game.


Eighty minutes went by,

Went by like a flash.

There they were on the pitch,

Thirty men, fifteen on each side

Knocking seven bells out of each other.

The holders of the world cup

Playing the current best team in the world,

A match of staggering skill

And formidable power,

A game I was totally lost in.

They crashed into each other

With so much solidarity

As if they hated each other,

Both determined to win at all costs,

But always played within the rules,

The rules of Rugby Union.

The final whistle blue,

The match had ended,

So much skill,

So much power was shed,

Shed on that pitch

But only twenty one points were scored,

Thirteen to Ireland,

And eight to South Africa.

A thoroughly enjoyable match for me,

For me to see.

Then at the end I was almost in tears

As these huge men

Who had knocked hell out of each other

Came together in harmony,

Shaking hands and cuddling,

Showing their strength of character

That they had in this wonderful game

Where acrimony disappears at the end,

At the end of each game,

Such a beautiful game.

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 24th, 2023 01:24
  • Comment from author about the poem: I watched Ireland verses South Africa in the Rugby Union World Cup last night, what a spectacular match. The video shows the respect each other had for each other at the end of the match.
  • Category: Special occasion
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  • orchidee

    Good write Gold. Did any throw their toys out of their pram, as in some football?!

    • Goldfinch60

      No not at all, complete respect for all especially the referee.


      • orchidee

        I'm sure half of football managers are insane - ranting and raving on.

      • Teddy.15

        Ah, I used to live right near Twickenham stadium, you just brought back some wonderful memories ❤️

        • Goldfinch60

          So pleased about that Teddy.


        • 2781

          Union, a thugs game, played by gentlemen.

          • Goldfinch60

            So true 2781.


          • Bobby O

            I’ve admired Rugby fir the exact reasons conveyed in the piece. Fiercely competitive but the ultimate sportsmen. It’s beautiful.

            • Goldfinch60

              Yes it is so very true Bobby, there is so much honour and respect after every game.


              • Goldfinch60

                Yes it is so very true Bobby, there is so much honour and respect after every game.


              • David Wakeling

                Great match and a wonderful tribute poem.Well done.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you David, much appreciated.


                • sorenbarrett

                  A wonderful point. Competition does not mean animosity but instead respect. A good write

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Very true soren, thank you.


                  • Doggerel Dave

                    Still trying to understand Union. There are utube explanations, which I resorted to after your enthusiastic endorsement above, Andy. Feel I know a little (with emphasis on the 'little' now)..
                    Resident in Aussi, I know more (just) about League....Ever watched a State of Origin -Queensland V New South Wales, which, I am assured, is broadcast worldwide?

                    • Goldfinch60

                      I am a keen Rugby League watcher as well, another great game that never stops.
                      Thanks for you comments Dave, much appreciated.


                    • John Prophet

                      Competition and character personified. Nice write Andy.
                      Seen a few matches in my day. Yeeesh.

                      • Goldfinch60

                        So true John, thank you.


                      • Neville

                        I thought you were going to refer to croquet ..

                        • Goldfinch60

                          I have been a keen watcher of Rugby, both Union and League for as long as I can remember Neville.


                        • Bella Shepard

                          Such an uplifting, Sunday write my friend. True sport as it should be played!

                          • Goldfinch60

                            Thank you Bella and so very true.


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