Matches in any sport between teams from the right side of the Waitaki and Mainlanders from the other side are different.
It’s a bit like family. We’ll support each other against anyone else but the rivalry when it’s one of us playing the other is extra keen.
The good start the Highlanders have made to the season and the Christchurch earthquake have ensured a good crowd at Carisbrook when they meet the Crusaders tonight.
I won’t go so far as to say I’ll be cheering for the red and black team, my heart will as always be with the blue and golds. But tonight more than any other time I’ve watched a team from my side of the Waitaki against another, I really won’t mind which one wins.
Tonight it’s not blue and gold against but with red and black.