Saturday, June 07, 2008

Rugby in the rain

We were treated to an evening at the Cake Tin tonight to watch the All Blacks play Ireland. This was the first match for the ABs since losing out at the World Cup so was important for them to win.

Let's just say it was less than ideal conditions. It was one of those dark, wet and stormy Wellington nights when people should be sat in front of the fire indoors keeping dry and wet. Thousands didn't and sat through 80 minutes of rugby which given the conditions was not the most exciting to watch.

Ireland got off to a fantastic start against the might ABs and for much of the game they were neck a neck. The All Blacks did however break through a couple of times giving them the win they were looking for.

I found myself rooting for the Irish to make up the numbers. Whilst there was a contingent of Irish enjoying the night out it was a thoroughly kiwi crowd willing their home team.

You'll be pleased to know that MT and I were insconced in the warm in the corporate hospitality area. It was definitely the best place to watch the rugby and the poor sods sitting outside getting wetter and wetter and wetter by the minute. The mad dash to the car park after was the extent of my exposure to the elements but I was relieved to be home in the warm and see the waggy tails of Fortnum and Mason who as kiwi dogs would have been rooting for the All Blacks I am sure!

The headlines on the match summed up the game quite well.
"Dealing with rust in wet conditions is never easy and the All Blacks found that out as they creaked and groaned against the grit of the Irish and a decent old Wellington storm before spluttering to a much-needed 21-11 victory."

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