27th Nov 2010 - England day trips
All Blacks versus Wales - Millenium Stadium Cardiff
Several weeks ago after watching the all Blacks versus England at Twickenham I decided i should really make the effort and get to Cardiff to watch the game there. Scoured the websites but it was completely sold out but did find and aussie company famous here for its party buses that was still advertising a day trip including travel and ticket for £139.00 so decided to go for it.
Fortunately the tubes were all working and it took me about 50 mins to get to She Bush Walkabout to catch the bus. There was a more of a variety of ages than I expected but most people were in groups. A 4 hour drive to Cardiff which would have been shorter if everyone stuck to the agreed 10 minute stop. One young guy sitting opposite me had only been in England for a couple of days and had a huge night out but started drinking beer by 1000 so by the time we arrived he was already pretty drunk in that he couldnt keep his eyes open. It was snowing along the way and Wales had settled snow as did parts of the West Country.
We had about 3 hours before the game - some went drinking in the Walkabout and others of us didnt. I went and found the stadium - right in the central city next to the train station. Went wandering - great city and I intend to go back.
Got to the game about an hour beforehand - good seat 3 rows up in the highest tier behind the goal post and to the side. some of the others from the bus arrived and chatted to them. Then settled in for the game. The marching band and Welsh choir came out - amazing singing which was the other reason I was there. The crowd atmosphere was brilliant. 3 old guys sitting behind me who were the welsh version of grumpy old men and provided great comedy and commentary. The singing continued at times with all sides cheering for the other really all knowing the All Blacks would win. Although would have to say Wales played well.
Richie Mccaw and Dan Carter continue to be as gorgeous as usual but missed Joe Rokococo.
A 20 minute walk back to the bus - we had to be back by 1945 which was more than enough time. Well the inevitable happened and at 2015 there were still 3 missing - a girl with a broken leg who we could see coming down the road - she had left the game early to get to the bus on time. her two travelling companions (one who was drunk earlier) were nowhere in sight and as some of us started complaining as leaving it longer to wait for them would mean missing the last tubes once back in London we set off. The girl rang one of them - he said he was on his way but didnt know where he was and was obviously drunk so she got all shitty with him and then he hung up and she rang him back and this went on 3-4 times.
Back to London by 2345 and managed to catch the two tubes I needed to be home shortly before 0100.
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