Irrepressible optimism seems to be the order of the day where the Kiwi prospects in any of the rugby codes is involved and such is the case with the NZ All Blacks Sevens team.
It seems as though, at times, the side is brilliant, but that at others, dull is the more apt adjective.
This inconsistency was on display in Sydney recently, where they lost to England in the World Series. They seemingly struggled with intense heat and humidity, the sort of climate that makes Sydney low on the list of desirable tourist destinations at this time of year.
How they could the day before conquer the 2016 Rio Olympic Gold medalist Fijian sevens side the day before, only to lost to England is the sort of question that keeps rugby punters awake at night.
They seemed disoriented at times against England in the 12 – 5 loss in the semifinal, and a few referee decisions that bordered on the subjective did little to advance the All Blacks cause.
They then took out the host Sydney side to earn a bronze medal, even though they did find it necessary to rest several key players, including Captain Scott Curry.