Semi Finals...when boys become men
Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
28Trip End Nov 05, 2011
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Famous people met along the way: Gavin Hastings (yes, he of Scottish fame)
First, it was nice to be back in a house. Out of the van, and into a real bed – what a luxury! And a nice settee, a lovely kitchen with what you'd expect from a normal kitchen…it was so nice to have a break from the van for just those few days :)
Saturday came and off we went into Auckland city centre, ready for the match which had a stupidly late kick off of 9pm (well, stupid for us but not so stupid for you guys I suppose…) so we deiced a little bit of a later start would be better this time – getting into to town at about 3pm
About an hour and a half before the match, we decided to get the bus – didn’t want to be running to the stadium again! We leisurely walked around the stadium and found our gate…oh no. A temporary gate. Then our seats…oh no. Temporary seats. It started to rain. We didn’t have coats, just a woolly hat and a daffodil between us, the rain was driving down on us, our seats were in the gods up a temporary frame and about 500 stairs – I mean, we couldn’t have been further away from the bar even if we’d tried
Well if my nerves had been wrecked in the other matches, it was nothing compared to this one. Before we knew it, Adam was off, then Sam had been sent off – not that we saw it really, we couldn’t believe it when it came up on the big screen. It flashed up after Sion shouted out "Welcome to Wales bois bach!" after seeing THAT tackle…then it was just a shocked 10 minutes for us and the players by the looks of things as we sat and took in what had just happened. Not only were we down to 14 men, but one of our best players had been sent off. Not only one of our best players, but our captain. Could things get any worse? Well, turns out it could and you all know what happened in the end. 9-8 to France. Another game of 1 point, 1 POINT!! It couldn’t have been any closer, but I truly think we deserved to win and we could have
But ultimately, we were out of the competition. It was the end of the road, bar the bronze game which turned out would be against the Aussies the following week. The Monday after the game was such a horrible day for us – I have never felt so down after a game of sport! Actually I don’t think I’ve ever felt so down, full stop. It was depressing not only to think that we didn’t now stand a chance of winning the Cup, but that the whole thing was…over for us
But hey, I’m not here to depress you all. It wasn’t quite the end – there was still a corner of North Island that we hadn’t explored, and so the very next day, we left Auckland and headed north, to Northland (bit of an obvious name if you ask me) and the sun at last!
Enfys & Sion
ps. Another lack of photos...blame the camera this time, battery ran out. Got a photo of Sion with Gav but on another camera which will be sent to us in due time, so you'll just have to wait for that one. I know you're excited already!