Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: A moment of national significance

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  • Mikaere Curtis,

    Yeah, writing off the French, no matter how tempting, is extremely unwise. I am certain they will bring their best game tonight, the real question is for how long. My pick is that they are reasonably fragile and that the ABs have the opportunity to rattle them early.

    I’ve got very little to go on, except an anecdote on Friday. I work in the ASB Tower, across the road from the Crowne Plaza where the French team is staying. After lunch, I got in the lift with some guys who were talking about an incident with the French players. A Frenchwoman co-worker had just gone over to the hotel and asked some players (in French) for their autographs. They told her to fuck off, and she ended up yelling at them that she was going to support the ABs instead,

    That kind of behaviour says one thing to me: nerves.

    In the meantime, I’m gonna party like it’s 1987 :)

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 446 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    We've had to shift our game-watching back five hours, because everyone's just that wee bit too shagged from unexpected house-moving (not us, but another member of the rugby-watching gang, and we're all pitching in) to make the 4am kickoff. We've got a selection of fine breakfast foods and alcohol (champagne for a positive conclusion, gin for a negative) to do it right.

    I'm going internet-silent until then. If anyone spoils me in the five-hour gap, there will be trouble.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    No hiding in the bedroom calling for updates

    I thought I was the only one!

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 506 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Cecelia,

    I was going out but I decided that the Man Who Stabbed His Own Arse and I should watch the game together. Heaven help us.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    the Man Who Stabbed His Own Arse

    Lol ! That's got to be a pretty novel way to show his support, but big ups to you both then.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • bmk, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    You might want to have all cell phones turned off too. Or you might awake to celebratory texts.

    Since Jun 2010 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    the Man Who Stabbed His Own Arse

    isn't that a Billy Connelly movie?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Hope we all have fun peeps. Our friend has talked the publican into closing tomorrow for his staff to actually enjoy their hard earned break on Labour day. (Knowing all there would be hung over).6 weeks of day in day out full on great service for many foreign visitors, and us (which is quite a few locals.) It has been a pleasure to support The Cavalier throughout this Tournament because the service has been beyond fantastic and I know these guys are all exhausted, so to them, Happy Labour Day tomorrow .:)
    It's going to be a buzz in town tonight. Waterfront Cloud is already full. Aotea Square might be a good alternative about now.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Sacha,

    There is the book The Man Who Thought His Wife Was A Hat.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    you missed this: #nekminnit

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Last post until my hangover wears off: Go ABs! I hope France plays well, and I hope they get soundly thrashed nonetheless.

    'Night all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8305 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sacha,

    Tres cheek...

    __the Man Who Stabbed His Own Arse__
    isn't that a Billy Connelly movie?

    No! Who he?
    But this is a Billy Connolly movie...

    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to BenWilson,

    Have a great game, Ben. I know you've been really looking forward to it.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I will say just this: I don't normally watch rugby, I've said it before. But this game feels really significant, it does. And it's because it's been such a year of shit. Pike River, the earthquakes, the Rena........don't we all deserve some good news? Fare well, my friends, and see you on the other side. Enjoy your selves.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Why does everybody seem to forget a certain aircrash at Fox Glacier? (as part of the bad news?) It had a huge impact on a small community, and was one of the worst domestic aircrashes to date.

    Anyway, while not watching anything on TV this evening, may everyone enjoy whatever it is they do-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Islander,

    Sorry about that Islander - there's almost been too many bad things happen this year to remember all of them, I guess.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Edith says it better than I ever could. And the French deserve our thanks for making the bloody All Blacks WORK like drag queens in a walk off.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    I'm not a rugby fan but somehow it mattered. It mattered so much. Heart-stopping. Stomach churning. Almost unbearable.

    It's not often I feel part of the collective psyche like that.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 506 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    And fears of a Marx Jones 2.0 over Eden Park have proved unfounded, despite it somehow being worthy of a Granny editorial. Talk about mountains from molehills.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4058 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh yes I did. But now ,shit! That just got all jiggy on it. Glad I trimmed my nails before I could bite them all off. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

    Anyway, while not watching anything on TV this evening, may everyone enjoy whatever it is they do-

    I just watched a bunch of peoples leaping of furniture, dancing, celebrating this game as if it was all that mattered. Fascinating that everything else can be blocked out. A few booed at the sight of Key. Others cheered. We bought our friends a Guinness and champagne and we toasted and made plans for the future. One day we are going to come and visit you Islander.xxx

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5918 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    We won! We won! I was there, and I can tell you all that the last ten minutes were amazing, the assembled will of our people was almost a physical presence. It was certainly worth one point, and that is all they All Blacks needed.

    I will never, ever, forget the urgent desire of our countrymen and women in that stadium in the last twenty minutes. And I am so pleased that a group of athletes and coaches who so wanted something were granted what they sought.

    Yay to be us today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1738 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Oh Tom, I am so pleased that you got to experience that. Just wonderful.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Wow. That was some match. I was bitterly sad to not have the full Kiwi experience of being at home for it, but we made a pretty good morning of it over here. And now I get to re-watch it on American TV with American commentators. This should be, uh, special.

    (And as hair-rending as it made the last half, I was extremely glad to not be spoiled. Thanks, world.)

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

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