Australia vs New Zealand in the RWC 2011 Semi – Final, yes thats a huge deal for BOTH countries!
I was lucky enough to get into The Cloud on Sunday afternoon with my partner and a friend. We arrived nice and early at 4pm and enjoyed the free music on the main stage – Zed were playing – what a nice flash back to the late 1990′s.
As you can see from the photo above the crowd was starting to appear already. To the right of the make shift stage, there stood a massive cruise ship/temporary hotel on water for the RWC participants (who had missed out on hotels etc).
There was a wide variety of make shift food stalls which had been made out of storage containers – quite funky. The food ranged from french waffles/crepes and escargot (snails), spanish paella, american hotdogs and the tradational food stalls always present at these sort of things – mini donut stand, hot dogs, hot chips and a vast supply of beer.
You stepped into another world once inside The Cloud. People were everywhere (as expected), there are 4 large screens inside The Cloud, 2 down one end and 2 down the other end – they look like massive iMac screens. As the night progressed and got closer to the game kick off people starting coming out of nowhere – we ended up packing into The Cloud, it looked like uneven matchsticks hovering around the 4 big screens. Thankfully, everyone sat down to watch the game so I could see – I am vertically challenged – heels don’t always do the job!
Justis (my lovely partner) and I
What can I say – the game was amazing, everyone cheering and yelling at the screen with all the excitement during the game. The All Blacks were on form, great defense by the entire team. Aaron Cruden and Piri Wepu were amazing! The haka kicked off the game nicely – Ali Williams right into it – which is great to see.
The game was pretty low scoring, Wallabies were not on form for this game and costed them the RWC final. Go the All Blacks this Sunday for the final
History repeats – 1987 AllBlacks vs France – the first & only time we have won the RW Cup – this year HISTORY WILL REPEAT