Monday, September 17, 2012

The Mighty All Blacks

The All Blacks at Eden Park
The Rugby World Cup last year made us fall in love with rugby, and most especially the All Blacks - easily the greatest rugby club in history.

So this year it made sense that we should try and go see a match live and in person in Auckland.  They play their home games throughout the country and so there was really one chance to see them here in Auckland during their "season".

So I got us some tickets when they went on sale and a couple of weeks ago we got to see our boys in person - and playing arch-rival Australia no less!

Although there are hardly any bad seats at Eden Park, we probably had some of the ones farthest away up in the top corner.  So although that made it hard to hear the hits and grunts and yelling going on down on the field, it was still a pretty amazing experience to see them - and the pre-game haka - live.  They are SO GOOD!

As stated by the reporters the next day, there was probably not a team in the world that could have beaten New Zealand that day - they won quite convincingly 22-0.  Very satisfying.  Of course the Wallabies haven't beaten the All Blacks at Eden Park since 1986...so we're glad that streak didn't end with us in attendance.

So although watching the mighty All Blacks on TV is probably the best way to go (we never miss a match) it was great to take part in the very Kiwi experience of seeing the All Blacks in the home park.  Sweet as.