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Published: October 24th 2011
Finally! After six amazing weeks the Rugby World Cup Final was upon us, and the All Blacks were ready to bring the cup home. Or so we all hoped. With Craig, who'd popped over from Melbourne for a mere 18 hours just to go to the game, and Cam, still in Auckland for work, we walked the fan trail to Kingsland. The atmosphere before the game was electric. New Zealanders and French alike were waiting nervously for the start of the game......anticipation was in the air.
We found a bar and tried to ease the pre-game nerves with some of the sponsor's finest ale. We were like giddy school children on the night before Christmas! Cam and I settled into a comfy seat, sent Craig on his way to the game, and we sat back waiting, and hoping, for an exciting 80 minutes with lots of All Black flair and of course a win. However the next 80 minutes were amongst the most nerve wracking I've ever experienced. I could barely look at the screen. After a great start, the second half became a waiting game and I swear it lasted for about four hours. But then finally, FINALLY, the
Thank goodness they didn't!
They certainly came close and gave us a real fright.
final whistle blew and the crowd went crazy. The relief was palpable, and was quickly replaced with euphoria. The bar was filled with screaming excited ecstatic fans! And I was one of them! I jumped up on the bar and danced madly until one of the bouncers finally decided we'd had enough time for crazy celebrations and suggested I get down.
It has been 24 long, long years, but so exciting to finally have won the William Webb Ellis trophy. So the after party went on for a good long while. This morning was not quite so euphoric I have to admit....as Cam said, there's a reason that they only play this every four years! However no complaints from me, what an amazing excuse for a party, which will go on for a lot longer yet. Long may it last!
I've been loving the atmosphere in Auckland over the past few weeks. On any given day you can see people from many rugby loving nations proudly wearing their team's colours, and it's fantastic to see how New Zealanders have embraced the visiting teams and adopted second teams to support. Perhaps we all scoffed when Martin Snedden talked about
a stadium of 4 million people, but it turned out that's exactly what it was. Living across the road from Myers Park I took as many opportunities as possible to soak up the atmosphere along the Fan Trail. Every game night there were crowds of people walking to the park, dressed in their team's colour. Students from Auckland University set up art installations through Myers Park which were fantastic, and then along K Road to the ground there were all sorts of activities - music, dancing, as well as general craziness.
It's been an amazing tournament, and last night's win has well and truly topped it off. AMAZING!
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