Monday, 7 November 2016

Great weekend of rugby

Can't believe I missed Ireland's historic victory over New Zealand this weekend. Fantastic result for the Irish and, by all reports, well deserved. And if there was even a scintilla of complacency among the All Blacks that will now have been blown away - watch out for them coming back firing over the next few weeks.

It also appears that reports of the demise of Australian rugby have been somewhat exaggerated, although we won't know for sure until they come up against a team who put up a tad more resistance than Wales. Time will tell.

Meanwhile I spent Saturday afternoon at Wembley watching the Barbarians take on South Africa. When I discovered that the BaaBaas featured a grand total of ZERO household names and that the Springboks were fielding a largely 2nd XV, I did think that, at £75 per ticket, I might be somewhat short-changed, but I needn't have worried. It was a hugely entertaining game with some brilliant handling, especially from the Barbarians who were unlucky in the end to be pegged back to a 31-31 draw. What did piss me off, however, was the number of people continually getting up from their seats during play to head for the gents/more beer. Oh, and the hugely irritating Mexican Wave during play. Bah humbug.

Finally the weekend was rounded off with my son's Under 14 team winning a massively competitive game against a very good team from Hemel, a game which included young Master F selling a dummy and sprinting over from half way. It's all in the genes.


Nursedude said...

Flanker, I was lucky enough to have made it to Chicago to witness the Irish win over the All Blacks. With all of the tries being scored, you would have thought it was a Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Highlanders. Fantastic atmosphere with so many traveling fans from all over the USA and all over the world who made it to Chicago. Glad you had a good time seeing the Baa-Baas. Glad there was a lot of ball in hand. The rematch in a fortnight in Dublin between the Kiwis and Irish should be very interesting, indeed.

TotalFlanker said...


Saw your Chicago photos on Facebook. Wins against the All Blacks are so rare they're definitely worth savouring!