Scotland v Samoa Rugby Match

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Whahey, all this way from home and we were off to watch Scotland take on Samoa at the rugby! It was a fantastic night, one of our best yet since we arrived in New Zealand. Made all the better by the fact that Carly, a mate from home was arriving in Wellington that day with her boyfriend Joe and her mates and had decided to come to the game with us. And Antoine, our francois flatmate, was made an honourary Scotsman for the night! There was a great atmosphere all day before the game. Walking down Lambton Quay at lunchtime I came across several drunken Scotsman getting an early start. That evening we all got ready with a few coruba's, wine, beer, and got the See you Jimmy hats and the face painting kit out. We were going to do this in style!

It was great to be able to sing (wail!?) along to Flower of Scotland and settle down with our beers to watch the game. And it was made all the better by the fact that we won by miles!!! I spent almost the entire game jumping about like a looney trying to get on tv and it finally paid off 10 minutes towards the end of the game when Scotland scored a try. The camera stayed on us for a good few seconds and our smiley, drunken faces were shown to all those lucky Sky Sports viewers.

After the game we headed along to the pubs on Courtenay Place and got talking to loads of folk from all over Scotland, including Troon, Islay and Howick! Thomas met some guys who knew all the people he had met while doing his research in Islay and at the game he bumped into his old boss, Rhona, from a bar he worked in while living in Montrose! You Montrose people get about!! One of our friends, Viv, then told us that all the Scotland players would be heading to the sports bar on Courtenay for drinks so we trotted (staggered) off there. They were actually walking in the door at the same time as us and I took the chance to go up to Gordon Ross, give him a big cuddle, and say 'good game mate, we're all proud of you!!' before stumbling back to Thomas to double check with him that it was actually a Scotland player I had been molesting and not some random kiwi! I then decided it would be a great idea to go up and hug as many Scotland players as possible, congratulating them on the game, and bugging several of them for a photo! I'm sure they just loved me!!

Anyway, it was a fantastic night, with us both ending up, rightly so, in a drunken heap at the end of it!!!
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