Go Samoa

Rugby World Cup story of the week: The day I met a real winning Dunedin dame by the UK Sunday times’ rugby writer Stephen Jones.

I love the way the provinces have got behind the teams. Some commentators have been unkind enough to suggest full stadiums for minnows’ matches is a reflection on how little there is to do in somewhere like Palmerston North. I prefer to see it as people getting into the spirit of the occasion and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

I stopped in Ashburton for Turkish takeaways on my way home from Christchurch last night and was served by a Romanian who’d enjoyed having his national team in New Zealand but was understandably disappointed in their performance.

They  lost all their games, their last against Georgia ended with a  score of 25 – 9.

Canada and Japan tied on 23 points in their game.

Italy scored a bonus point in their 27 – 10 win against the USA.

In another example of hope triumphing over experience I’m backing Samoa in tonight’s Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.


6 Responses to Go Samoa

  1. adam2314 says:

    Not knowing the time at present and not a TV watcher..

    The game may well be on..

    I work with so many Islanders..

    They are passionate about their teams and their teams are passionate about rugby..

    I think that they may just do it..

    Which means that I will be working SOLO tomorrow :-))

    And maybe even Sunday..

  2. homepaddock says:

    I’d like to think passion would be enough, Adam but it’s already 7-0 to South Africa.

  3. adam2314 says:

    The game is not over

  4. fredinthegrass says:

    We were in Palmerston North on the day of the Romania – Georgia game. The place was buzzing. The buckets were out, the bunting up, and nearly every second person had a painted face. Support seemed evenly divided and the atmosphere was great.

  5. homepaddock says:

    No, Adam, there’s a long way to go and all my fingers are crossed.

    Fred – it’s great the way people have got behind one or other of the teams.

  6. adam2314 says:

    Either way the yarpies will know that they have been in a game of rugby 🙂

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