Rugby

16 Sep

We’ve been to Wales for the weekend to see Canada against Fiji in the Rugby World Cup.  We’ve had a fantastic time, although we are all tired now!  This was Jonathan’s Fathers Day gift, so we kind of celebrated Fathers Day again today too!  As we left our hotel this morning we realized that we had been staying at the same hotel as the Canadian team – too late for autographs though! Some of you across the Atlantic may not even know what Rugby Union is (so here’s a Wikipedia link for you!).  It may surprise you to learn that the also USA have a Rugby team in this world cup too.

There was a great atmosphere in the stadium, and we watched a good game.  We were, of course, supporting Canada.  During the first half I thought they had been following the same techniques and strategies as England did in their dismal defeat to South Africa on Friday.  There was a lot of ball dropping and they just couldn’t seem to get themselves together, Fiji, however were fast and worked well, they were soon adding points to their score!  After half time the Canadians came back out and attacked.  They scored a great try, and really worked well as a team.  They had a try disallowed, which shouldn’t have been – it was certainly a try – this would have leveled up the match.  In the closing minutes Canada were out to score again, but they had the ball intercepted and a Fijian player shot down the other end of the field to score a try for Fiji.  The end result was Fiji 29 Canada 16.  The pictures above show Ryan Smith on his way to scoring Canada’s try, Ben waving his flag, and Grace full of Canadian pride!

England are the current holders of the Rugby World Cup, being the first team in the northern hemisphere to win it.  I will never forget that nail biting early morning four years ago when they played Australia in the final – that was a good day!  There is no chance of England retaining the cup though, their performance has not been very good lately.  I think the mighty New Zealand All Blacks will walk away with the Webb Ellis Trophy this year.  Their performance is in a class of it’s own.

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