When trying to discuss the World Cup with the locals Most have started their sentence with,” ah yes you guys have the Warriors”. My guess would be that most of
So it came as no real surprise that
What more could you want?
Except that very few people showed up, and from those that did it seemed very few were Australian.
Pre match preparation the next day started at a bar called the Maori Chief, we walked in there at to an already bustling crowd, with a sea of black and white painted faces and flags waving everywhere.
There were a lot of empty seats at Telstra dome and tickets could still be purchased at the gate.
In the end the stadium was at about 70% capacity, but surprisingly, despite
The game itself was a perfect crowd pleaser, with constant action especially in the first quarter when the All Blacks were scoring at a rate of almost a point a minute. As many predicted before the start of the World Cup, Joe Rokocoko was the star of the match, being a crowd favorite.
For us and many other Expatriates, the night finished off in many of the sports bars at South bank, the atmosphere was fantastic, with an air of excitement and anticipation over the games to come.