Last night was the Wales vs. South Africa RWC game that I was lucky enough to get tickets for, and WOW – talk about an amazing experience!
My darling friends and I started out the evening with a good ol’ fashioned Kiwi dinner beforehand – fish ‘n’ chips! (or, in Kiwi dialect, “fush ‘n’ chups”) 😉 It was windy, and raining – the Welsh would have felt right at home! – so we sat outside the supermarket for shelter. I’m sure we looked incredibly homeless, but this was made up for by the numerous longing looks we received from passers-by, because of the yummy smell of our food 😀
And then… the trek to ‘Wellington Regional Stadium’ began! (it’s usually called ‘Westpac Stadium’, but the RWC are rather strict about what brands are associated with the tournament – lucky it will always be known as the ‘Cake Tin’ to us Kiwis!) This was incredibly fun, especially when we reached the train station, as there were a bajillion fans making their way to the match. We even passed a group of four musicians playing the Welsh National Anthem 😉 When we came across this guy, we just HAD to have a photo with him…
Such an epic hat!
Anyways, we merged into the massive crowd heading into the stadium, arriving early enough to mess around taking valuable pictures… 😀
Don’t I look truly Welsh ? 😉
Moving on… the actual rugby game! 😀
And what an amazing game it was! To be honest, deep down in my heart I was afraid it would be a bit one sided – after all, Wales have only beaten South Africa once before, and drawn once too. BUT GOSH was this a brilliant display of rugby! The Welsh were really onto it, they played so well!! South Africa, quite frankly, sucked 😛 The crowd was really great too – I think most were actually supporting Wales, probably because all of the ‘neutral’ Kiwis naturally love underdogs, and are probably still sore about South Africa recently beating the All Blacks, hahaaa. Although there were many South African flags flying! Had some fun with chants – not the most original… “Waaaaales, Waaaaales!” – and also some Mexican Waves.
This last one is a tad blurry, but I simply MUST include it because… when I was taking it, I half-jokingly/half-optimistically said “This is Wales getting their first try!” And blow me down, 2 seconds later they crossed the line!! 😀 I went absolutely mental, brilliant! This put Wales in the lead, which they were able to hold onto right until the final 10mins or so… when unluckily, South Africa scored, and rounded the final score off at 17-16.
One point of controversy is the hideous fact that the (excuse my French) wanker referee Wayne Barnes made a fairly bad call regarding one of the Welsh penalty kicks. If you watch the video that TVNZ have on their article, you can see that the ball clearly curves in, to slot between the posts, and so should definitely have been given! BUT no. As well as just being a crap ref, I reckon Barnes was a bit nervous being in New Zealand, after his 2007 RWC balls up… *sighs* 😛
Anyway, a great time was had by all! 🙂 All that remains now is to thank my AWESOME Mum, again – don’t think I can thank her enough actually! Wish she could have been there too, but we all had fun anyways! I now have an extremely serious case of RWC fever 😉
Even though Wales lost, I’m still super proud of them for showing such strength, and giving the South Africans a serious run for their money! Wales is definitely my ‘adopted’ second team, and I shall be rooting for them in their other Pool (of) D(eath) matches!