And so we sat in the rain for the first Brumbies game of the season having stupidly turned up early to see MEATBEE do the pre-game entertainment. Only with all that lightning and rain there wasn’t going to be anything like that.
As we cycled all the way up O’Connor ridge Nik The Pig kept saying, “the rain’s going around the stadium”, even as the lightning crashed down on our destination.
Such wishful thinking was soon dispelled, but the upside to turning up early was that there were still some ponchos for sale.
Planet Rugby reports on how the match went.
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It’s all very well to play to the conditions and try and grind out a win with penalties and drop goals. But when you miss three penalties and all three drop goal attempts the crowd has some right to feel disappointed by the decision to go negative. Especially when the more expansive Auckland side manages to score two tries.
Matters were not improved by the gangs of teenies cluttering up the queue to the bar as they tried to get out of the rain and thinking they could push past decent beer drinking folk to get to where their mates were.
Not a great way to start the home season, but it’s still early days.
However the Canberra Times is undeterred by the actual result and is busy fellating the Brumbies with tales of them being the better side despite losing on the scoreboard, the try tally, and having the captain, Al Campbell, sin binned. The CT’s Peter Fitzgerald is also at a loss to understand sin binning for a professional foul on the goal line. Personally I think Brumbies fans are smart enough to not need this sort of guff, especially after a night getting soaked.