#2038 Last night in New York: I watched the All Blacks destroy the Wallabies

Kiwis celebrating the win – Chris Landon, me and Dana Johnston. Photo: Katherine Lowe

It all started with an impromptu haka. Chris Landon, Georgia Fowler, Dana Johnston and I took to the stage at 4:00am before a crowd of Kiwis and Australians at the Red Lion in Greenwich Village. Our fierce screams belied our collective anxiety – a New Zealand vs Australia match is always freaky, but a Rugby World Cup semi-final takes things to a whole ‘nother level. New Zealand’s had a rough 12 months with the economy, the mining disaster and the earthquake, and a loss at this point – on our own home turf – would have caused mass devastation. They say when the All Blacks lose, domestic violence rates rise 30% overnight. Thank God the boys pulled it off.

As soon as Cory Jane caught that first high ball we knew we were onto a good thing – Australia never had a chance. Highlights included Conrad Smith literally laughing after an Australian had slapped him in the face; Andrew Ellis (my former teammate – we played Canterbury Reps together as 10 year olds) coming on with 20 minutes to go, then leaving 30 seconds later with blood pouring from his nose; every time Piri Weepu picked up the ball (but not every time he kicked it); and that indescribable patriotic feeling when the final whistle blew.


Only one more game to go.


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  1. Jenny says

    There’s nothing like a little distance to increase your patriotic fervour !!
    It was a great game, and I think we needed the victory more than Australia – the ‘lucky country’. In addition to the other troubles you listed, you forgot to mention the unmentionable – the oil spill which has contaminated the Bay of Plenty’s exquisite beaches and wildlife. We really needed a little light relief from all those troubles.
    And of course, the ABs simply played better, with more intensity, and more flair than their big brothers across the ditch. Go the All Blacks!!

  2. Louise C says

    Awesome match to watch – New York wouldn’t have known what hit it with the haka and the screams of “go All Blacks!”

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