When I wrote yesterday’s post on the Rugby World Cup I said I was going to back England.
But when I got to Otago Stadium last evening I had a change of heart and swapped my allegiance to Georgia.
The team played really well and I think the 41-10 score flattered the English. They deserved to win but not by that margin.
Georgia spent a lot of time in England’s half and though they weren’t able to turn territory into points they kept up the pressure until the final whistle.
They didn’t win the game but they did win hearts, including mine.
It’s good for the tournament and for rugby that the minnows are giving the bigger fish more than a run for their money.
Canada started well and scoring 19 points to France’s 46 would have given Les Bleus cause for concern.
I didn’t see or hear the game between Wales and Samoa but reports suggest the 17-10 victory to the Welsh didn’t come easily.
Our decision to go to the game in Dunedin last evening was a last minute won but booking online secured us seats in the front row at half way which gave us a very good view.
Among the people sitting near us were several Argentineans. They are following the Pumas all around New Zealand and attending other random games which fit their travels.
My Spanish is a bit rusty but the gist of what one of them told me was that he had travelled all over the world but never thought of coming to New Zealand before. However, he and his travelling companions were having a wonderful time, the country is beautiful, the people friendly and they’re enjoying the food and wine.
That is exactly the sort of off-field benefits to New Zealand the organisers are hoping for.