We were at what was supposed to be the final test at Carisbrook when the – All Blacks played Wales last year.
However, Christchurch’s earthquake
mounted munted Jade Stadium which gave the ‘Brook a final, final test against Fiji last month.
Rfdunedin reminded me the final inter-provincial between southern rivals, Otago and Southland will be played there today and his memories of its past brought back some of mine.
My first visits were when I was a student, standing on the terrace.
It would have been a couple of decades before I went back in the early days of the Highlanders when it was stacked full of All Blacks – Taine Randell, Jeff Matheson, Tony Brown, Marc Ellis, Josh Kronfeld . . .
There were other rugby tests and some cricket matches too.
But the highlight was watching Otago win the NPC. I think that was John Leslie’s last game for Otago and he was given the ball for the last play of the game which was a kick for a penalty.
A stadium doesn’t make a team but here’s hoping the new Forsyth Barr one creates even more good memories.
For far more informed and detailed memories, Brent Edwards recorded his for the ODT last year.