Wellington is a brilliant city, and the Westpac Stadium is – despite it’s fat oval shape and exposure to the elements in places – a brilliant place to go and watch a game of rugby. Sadly yesterday we didn’t get the brilliant game that the fantastic (if not capacity) crowd deserved.
Here at Scottish Rugby Blog HQ we wondered: what would we say if we had the chance to give the Scotland Team a private message before the Argentina game?
Would we give them a Jim Telfer style roasting, or would we caress their egos? Would we go around the room speaking to each individual or roar about the passion of a nation? It is a tough one and in the end we thought we would rather ask other people what they would say…
…and wouldn’t you believe it! Some proud Scots gave us their message and we put it on YouTube. Right here!
Enjoy the clips and if you have a message for the lads either post it here, post it on YouTube under the video or make your own video and post it on twitter with the hashtag #MessageForScotland.
Look out Argentina!
“I’m really looking forward to this game – I think it’s going to be very close and hard to predict. Argentina have played well in both their first two games, and it was very pleasing to show against Romania that there’s more to our game than power and a strong set-piece. We will need to play well in all these areas against Scotland, because they are tough up front and have a number of good strike runners behind the scrum. It should be a very absorbing game.”
Referees are everywhere. They are in the park. They are in your classroom. They inhabit every boozer and drinking hole that has a TV in the corner. Everyone knows the rules better than the man in the middle.
So during this World Cup there have been some public outpourings of vitriol directed at the real match officials. These men can rarely stand up for themselves and they are in the most exposed situation they could ever imagine. This is the most televised rugby event in history and they are right there in the mix, regularly disappointing one large section of the crowd.
Some pundits *cough Stephen Jones *cough* have a history of winding up the Kiwis, insulting everything from hospitality to weather to their general attitude. But so far the welcome here has been amazing, and ne’re a grumpy kiwi in sight. Although a few eccentrics for sure, like the guy who runs up and down Baldwin St (steepest in the world) every day.
They’re harsh on their team here in New Zealand.
After the All Blacks humped a stoic Tongan side by 6 tries to 1 with clinical counter attacking rugby but failed to score quite so much in the second half, pretty much everyone I’ve spoken to reckons they were truly, truly awful, or words to that effect. Usually ones rhyming with “hit” or “height”. Graham “Ted” Henry only gave them 5/10. So how then to view Scotland’s decidedly mixed performance on Saturday against a fired-up Romanian team?
For some it is like Christmas day. You won’t see people running down the street screaming “It’s here! It’s here!” but there could well be more people taking an early breakfast tomorrow than you would normally expect.
The World Cup starts. At 9.30am we will watch the famed New Zealand All Blacks take their bow against Tonga as war dances, hyperbole and a soundtrack of Lawrence Dallaglio, Francois Pienaar and Sean Fitzpatrick are forced on us by the good people of ITV. Rugby is a strange old game, and tomorrow heralds the showcase celebration of our collective weirdness.
After much blood, sweat and tears here is the Scotland RWC11 Fanzine – ‘Scots Wae Hae’. Containing a range of information this fanzine will hopefully provide the travelling Scotland fan with enough information to ensure they know what pubs to drink in, what songs to sing, where to get something to eat and what to do the the following morning when they realise they’ve lost their passport!
This is the baby of the Blog’s favorite ex-pat Colin so a million thanks to him for his considerable hard work. If you meet Colin in New Zealand be sure to buy him a pint!
Download fanzine here: ‘Scots Wa Hae’