365 days of gratitude


Highlanders 25 – Crusaders 18.

A hard game, a good one for spectators and a well deserved win.

So many times the Highlanders win the first half but the Crusaders win the second.

Tonight the blue and gold team held on to its lead for which I’m grateful.

How do Highlanders’ fans get north?


Floods have closed roads which would allow people on the right side of the Waitaki to go north:

. . .The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has closed State Highway 1 between Pukeuri, about 9km north of Oamaru, and Morven, South Canterbury. 

Journey manager Lee Wright said it was “a major event”.

“There are no safe detour routes off [SH1] because they are all significantly flooded as well. We’re really advising anyone travelling south of Christchurch to delay their journey.”

SH 79 between Fairlie and Geraldine, SH 77 between Ashburton and Methven, SH 83 between Pukeuri and Peebles, and SH 82 between Waimate and Kurow are also closed due to surface flooding. 

Wright had earlier urged motorists “to get home now”. . . 

Is this a plot between the weather and the Crusaders to stop Highlanders fans getting to Christchurch for the Super Rugby quarter final tomorrow?

How will the Highlanders fans get north?

32 -30


Crusaders 32 – Highlanders 30.

Were we robbed?

We were at the game in Dunedin  – and very grateful the Forsyth Barr Stadium has a roof because it’s a very cold night.

The Highlanders spent the last few minutes on attack and – we all thought – scored in the final seconds.

The referee went to the TMO. The crowd cheered as we watched the replay, but alas, the try wasn’t awarded.

Is this the same team?


The Highlanders we watched lose to the Crusaders last week were not the same as the Highlanders we’ve just watched win 49 -44 against the Hurricanes.

Is it the same team that has played so abysmally all season  and if so why didn’t they play like this earlier?


Blue & Gold with Red & Black


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.

Otaaaago 6-0


The only sign of any build up to last night’s rugby game when we passed through Dunedin yesterday afternoon was a lone car painted in Highlanders’ colours and playing the Highlanders’ song.

There was none of the usual excitement about the match against that team from the wrong side of the Waitaki which usually engenders strong support from both sides.

However, from what I could see on TV, it looked like a reasonable crowd so perhaps the southern fans responded to the come-to-see-us-or-lose-us  message from Highlanders chief executive Richard Reid.

It might have been a good crowd though not a record one, but it was a record score – the lowest in the Super 14 history: Highlanders 6 – Crusaders 0.

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