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Published: March 20th 2010
So I guess no trip to New Zealand is complete without watching a bit of Rugby. We have actually managed to secure ourselves tickets to watch the All Blacks vs Ireland in June which I am very excited about. Finally I get to see the Haka live done by the team! We were not sure about getting these tickets and trust me it was a fight on the website as soon as they went on sale. Sooooo just in case we had decided that as it was Super 14 time we should get tickets to go and see the blues play at home at Mount Eden.
Actually getting to the event is a cinch as there is a free bus service which leaves from Queen Street just outside the City Hall. We expect a lot of people so we get there early to have only a hand few of us on the bus. The train is free as well and that appeared to be the popular mode of transport once we got there. Don't worry there is no getting lost once at the stadium either and everyone is eerily calm and subdued. First stop is for food! The usual is
on offer and we get ourselves some American Hot Dogs of a decent proportion and two beers. Speights of course in plastic bottles. The fashion appeared to be to get a four pack but we were good.
It was the team captains 100th game so we got free Keven Mealamu faces to sport and then they had flags going for free as well so we got some of them to wave as well. Very nice to have a few souvenirs to take home without having to pay for them 😱!
So we find our seats and settle in for the game. The stadium is great . Holds about 17,600 for rugby they tell me and the stadium was pretty full tonight. The view from our seats was not too far up not too low down. I don't know about others but with rugby I find it very easy to lose what is going on when there is a penalty so sometimes I still find myself looking at the screen for a closer look. The cheerleaders were not too bad either with their little introductory performance and there was also something about pirates and making the brumbies walk the
plank. All about building up the atmosphere I guess. Mealamu entered in with literal explosions of fire and we were ready to begin.
I am no rugby expert so will not give a run down of the actual match itself. Yes the Blues won and I think they needed to win this match as well. I surprised myself at how much I got into the game itself and yes I was waving my flag for each touch down and there were quite a few. Game ended and everyone left rather sedately to catch the bus or the train. Again the train seemed to be more the popular option and we easily got onto the first bus waiting for us outside the stadium.
It was a good night out and we have decided to see a few more matches if we can. Come on the Blues!
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