England v All Blacks
On Saturday the 10th of November we took our third trip to Twickenham this year! There was no chance we were going to miss out on an opportunity to see England v the All Blacks!
Having never seen the AB’s ‘live’, ‘in person’ before it was something we were looking forward to. The drive over to Twickers was a bit of a treacherous and wet one, with motorway traffic crawling along as the rain belted down. As we approached Twickenham, it brightened up a bit and luckily it had stopped raining.
We arrived early to soak up the atmosphere in the fan village which was awesome. However it was short lived as the rain returned so we headed for our seats in the dry.
The seats were the best yet.
We have to thank Luctonians for hooking us up with the tickets through the awesome sponsorship deal we have. A great view of the pitch and right by the bar (and toilets!)
We were looking forward to the Haka live. On this particular occasion it was executed to the accompaniment of ‘Swing Low’, probably the loudest rendition we’ve ever experienced! It was set up to be a cracker. A very wet cracker as the rain was relentless!
It was awesome to see Chris Ashton back in the mix. However even more awesome that it took him what, 2 minutes to prove why he was selected. Lethal finishing! We were buzzing for him! A little chorus of ‘SAYYUUUULLL’ ensued!
It was a superb game from start to finish. Furthermore, as any rugby fan knows by now, you don’t (and cannot) judge the AB’s on 40 minutes of rugby. They’re deadly from start to finish. The full 80. Saturday’s game was another unfortunate example of this. Pipping our boys by a single point. Despite being a loss, hell of an effort nonetheless. If Farrell had converted Ashy’s try or got a drop goal attempt at the death it was a very different story. A massive effort though and you could not have asked for more.
A point made to the people questioning England lately. Giving the number 1 ranked team in the world a good run. Not only that, but with injuries to key players too.
Thank you Lucs for a very memorable experience. What a day! What a game!