Last Sunday we were at Murrayfield to see New Zealand beat the crap out of Scotland. A closer game would have been more interesting – 0-40 was quite a wipe out – but still it was fantastic to be there. The atmosphere was almost more carnival than sports.
It was a lovely sunny day:
and we got there early to take in the sites and breath in the atmosphere. As you can see, we were All Blacks supporters and to be honest it almost seemed like there were as many NZ fans in the stands as Scotland fans! There were a fare number of Kiwi’s in the crowd, but a lot of Europeans, like us, showed up wearing Black. And then there were the other fans, like the Portuguese fans dressed as Scots (with an Amsterdam jacket!):
The Polish rugby team:
I’m guessing these guys came from Austria…
The Swedish team:
Elvis was there (actually this is only 1 of several Elvis’):
The Dutch were there to party:
The French were there being French:
And of course, real Kiwi fans:
As it turned out, the highlight of the match was the Haka. I had just bought a video camera and have really excellent footage of the Haka, but as yet haven’t gotten it off the tape and onto the computer. I’ll be sure to post that link or film here once the technical issues are worked out. (I’m no expert on the Haka, but it seemed to us that this was something special and not the usual Haka performed. I’ll try to find out if it was….) Until then, here are a couple of photos:
Now, if only we could get world cup matches on Dutch TV! We do get TV5 (French TV) which has shown a couple of matches. I really hope they show the quarter, simi and final matches there. It IS the French Rugby World Cup after all! Go All Blacks!