Sunday, June 17, 2007
Canada vs the All Blacks
I debated whether or not I should go to the Canada vs the All Blacks game here in Hamilton on Saturday June 16th. What?????? Yeah, that's what I thought when I finally gave my head a shake. I would have kicked my own ass if I had have missed it. And despite losing 64-13, Canada actually put up a relatively good fight, check out this quote from the All Blacks web page
"Though they beat Canada 64-13 at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night, the All Blacks admitted they were flattered by the scoreline, had underestimated the Canadians and needed to improve quickly before Sunday's test against the Springboks in Durban."
"Henry admitted Canada were better than he had thought they would be after they held the All Blacks to 26-13 at halftime before New Zealand's superior fitness and speed told in the second half.The All Blacks were poor in the first half, playing like a side that expected the points to come, and skipper Reuben Thorne admitted they were surprised by the aggression of the Canadians."
Nice. Go Canada. And as I ran to the right gate (no matter who I go with, we always sem to be at the wrong gate right when the national anthems start!) and I heard Oh Canada, I was overcome with emotion. I haven't heard our national anthem in so long, and being as homesick as I am, it was wonderful to hear. The haka was wicked, as usual. Hopefully someone I know in Canada got to see the haka and how cool it is. All in all, I am so glad I went. I doubt I will ever again get to see the All Blacks play Canada, although I do hope that that wasn't the last time I see the All Blacks live. My favorite team.