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Field Theory: Straight for the throat

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  • Peter Calder,

    Roland: I hear your rage, but wherever did you get the idea that the Rugby World Cup was a sporting event?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    How about "Heineken was the winner on the day" a Glass of two halves. (both empty but still tasting like horse pee)
    I still haven't forgiven them for causing the closure of the Gluepot.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Roland Maul,

    My point is why he had to do the interview at all.

    Because it's his job!

    There are days when I feel like shit come 4pm but I have to stay to the end of the day to set the example for the others in the lab and to get the work done.

    These rugby players are doing a job. They are paid, most of them full time pay at a decent salary (not excessive IMO). Since that money comes from advertising players are forced to give interviews in front of advertising hoardings as part of the job.

    I have all the sympathy in the world for the man having to do that job at that time, I genuinely believe that he earned his pay at that time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4450 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    15-6! What a result.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to chris,

    15-6! What a result

    The outburst of cheering in The Cloud when the Irish seized the lead was tremendous. Post game, Quay St streamed exuberant Irish fans towards Danny Doolan's. A richly deserved win, Oz had no answers...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10630 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    The outburst of cheering in The Cloud when the Irish seized the lead was tremendous. Post game, Quay St streamed exuberant Irish fans towards Danny Doolan’s. A richly deserved win, Oz had no answers…

    My old mate who lives in Mangawhai was in town, so I cooked him dinner, we watched the match on TV and then we went in for a little dance to Nick D at The Cloud.

    I was quite taken with how easy it all was, tbh. We rolled straight into the Downtown car park, spent an hour on the wharf and emerged as the Irish fans started arriving en masse from Eden Park. We watched them stream into the streets, smiled, and left them to their night.

    But really, in rugby terms, best World Cup ever.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But really, in rugby terms, best World Cup ever.

    Aye fer sure.Luck of the Irish! Thought it was a nice scrappy side to watch with a few bull dogs at the front. They showed determination from the beginning, leaving Oz looking more like they were left in a foreign wilderness. Oz looked confused.
    Not that I actually know the rules or anythink but at one stage I thought Oz had combined a bit of Ozzie rules (aerial ping pong) into the mix when Ireland were wherever they turned, but that didn't work well either. The weather was on our side too.The Irish were used to a bit of argy bargy weather. And, big ups to the stadium crowd. Ireland won there too .
    They even made me lament the passing of my Gran, who would of had a quid each way on the tinkers. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But really, in rugby terms, best World Cup ever.

    Yes, it's been great to watch so far. I concur with the ease of access, too. I parked in Wynyard Quarter for free, no driving around required. It's worth a look before paying for Downtown, as walking through the quarter, and then the Viaduct makes a good reccy.

    The Irish victory is a windfall for the All Blacks, and for the Northern Hemisphere, it is likely to pit Australia vs South Africa in the quarters. ABs vs the winner, given they beat the pool B runner up (probably Scotland or Argentina).

    Ireland vs probably Samoa for the first quarter, which I expect will be a huge game. Probably England vs France for the second quarter. So a damned good chance the first semifinal will be Euro vs Euro. I hope it will be France vs Samoa, though. But if Ireland can pull out more games like last night, they'll deserve their spot in the semis, and I rate their chances against both England and France.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10630 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And, big ups to the stadium crowd. Ireland won there too .

    They won party central too, with ease...it helped that everyone who wasn't Ozzie was going for them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10630 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yes, it’s been great to watch so far. I concur with the ease of access, too. I parked in Wynyard Quarter for free, no driving around required. It’s worth a look before paying for Downtown,

    I was slightly stunned to pay a total $2.50 for our parking.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I was slightly stunned to pay a total $2.50 for our parking.

    Nice one! Is that likely to continue? Downtown is the primo location, definitely, much though I enjoyed the walk through Wynyard, with it's numerous stealthy little spots :-). Downtown is usually $8, and I didn't want to even go near it due to the closure of Quay St.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10630 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to BenWilson,

    The Irish victory is a windfall for the All Blacks, and for the Northern Hemisphere, it is likely to pit Australia vs South Africa in the quarters. ABs vs the winner, given they beat the pool B runner up (probably Scotland or Argentina).

    Ireland vs probably Samoa for the first quarter, which I expect will be a huge game. Probably England vs France for the second quarter.

    Just want to dwell on this for a moment. If you tried to put money on this before the tournament, I'm sure they would have politely advised you to come back when you're sober. This really is turning into a fantastic contest. Was quite prepared to jump in the car and drive to Hamilton this afternoon for Samoa Wales, but in spite of what the first page said, 'Allocation Exhausted' came up when I tried to go further.

    Looking forward to next Sunday's game. If Samoa win today, it could be another huge one.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Ah, Auckland City Parking. I go for it every time over Wilson's.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Not being a rugby fan, but enjoying you all talking about it, I lay in bed last night where I could hear, very clearly, the roars from the crowd at Eden Park. It sounded like a magic, magic game, and I was very pleased for the Irish fans, and suitably cackly about the Australians' defeat.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    It was a magic game, especially the runaway near-try in the last few minutes. Hamilton is buzzing for the Wales/Samoa game this afternoon (but blokes in bright blue wigs is not a good look).

    Got to the Japan/AB game on Friday night at the last moment–leaving Queen Street at 4.30 and getting to the Waikato Stadium at 7.45pm.
    two hours to get to the end of the motorway–you can feel your will to live draining away whilst stranded in the Auckland rush hour traffic.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    It was a magic game, especially the runaway near-try in the last few minutes.

    So what was the prob there Geoff? Was it forward? It looked like it was ok, but I know little about this game so did the big wohoo anyway.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    especially the runaway near-try in the last few minutes.

    Yes, what did happen there? I was all jumping up and down doing the woohoo thing and then it was all back to work with the ball juggling. Offside or some other confusing bit of rule play?.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    And, big ups to the stadium crowd. Ireland won there too .

    You'd think. Everything seemed rosy until I chatted to a friend who'd been at the stadium with her 10 year old to watch their "first (and last) rugby game" ever. Harassment from a drunk group behind them, pulling their hair tipping off their hats and when challenged claiming - "I do whatever I want to do". caused them to leave the game 20 minutes in, her son in tears.

    Apparently the drunks were later kicked out- over 20 minutes to late. A case could be made that the incident was drunken accident. Maybe they didn't know what they were doing. Naturally I encouraged my friend and her son to give it another shot. To be sure, it's the kind of random twatcockery that happens at any big event, but coupled with that hospitalised Waka kids and assorted public misgivings regarding the appropriateness of Party Central for children, One wonders whether the Prime Minister's very public repeated insistence on alcohol as a key component of this tournament is somewhat to the detriment of the experience to be had by families and the simple unclouded enjoyment of the sport itself.

    And there's nothing wrong with having a drink and watching the footy. but why (of all the people who could exploit this opportunity advocating and actively promoting drinking) is it the Prime Minister and his Government (rather than say someone like Mark Ellis -and no offence intended there Mark), more than any other group, who have gone out on a limb to push drinking to the New Zealand masses (as if it's some kind of university orientation event), compounding stress on the transport systems, the security, police resources, the health system and the taxpayers' pockets ostensibly in the name of a party (not sport) in turn marring the enjoyment for the kids? That's just not inclusive.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I was thinking of the intercept near-try, where the Irish chappie was bundled out over the touchline just two metres short of the Aussie line.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Nice to have so many Welshies in town. Feels like Cardiff again.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I thought it was the last few minutes.?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to chris,

    I really think it's a numbers stats game. Included, it's a game of Rugby, commercial as it is, it is commercial. Welcome to our universe, Ireland won man :) That game last night was tough, brutal, only a wee bit of blood, and mosh pit . It wasn't about politeness. I really think Rugby is not that. There is argy bargy. Excuse while I watch Fiji V South Africa. This watching when one wants, allows one to savour the games for longer. I can get behind that.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    last night was tough, brutal, only a wee bit of blood, and mosh pit . It wasn't about politeness.

    That, and the stadium

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    it is commercial

    To be sure, that it is;) I haven't had my fix today, France/Canada beckons.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Here is a good RWC Results / Fictures / Teams/ Venues / Dates website.

    Ad goes with it I am afraid.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1588 posts Report Reply

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