Mov­ing the AB’s goal posts

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

I was at the event­ful All Blacks game in the Cake Tin on Satur­day night. It was a first for me to see the ABs, and in the sta­dium.

Mag­gie, my univer­sity jour­nal­ism friend and I were in Welling­ton to meet Tyler who was in our year group and fly­ing in from Wash­ing­ton DC.

But three legs, three planes with me­chan­i­cal is­sues and 45 hours later, Tyler missed the game some­where over the Tas­man. So did those on a Sin­ga­pore Air­lines flight whose plane was can­celled in Syd­ney when a pi­lot failed an al­co­hol test. The plan­ets were not aligned.

It was a spon­ta­neous de­ci­sion to go to the game, so I called Tick­etek Satur­day morn­ing.

The wo­man at the end of the line urged us to pur­chase our tick­ets as they were sell­ing fast. Aisle 22, row Z, seats 93 and 94. We were in the “gods”, un­der cover, out of any weather that could turn.

But the weather was on our side. We have to find grat­i­tude in small things at this time. It was a bru­tal game, on and off the field. Mag­gie strained her neck mus­cles from the ur­gency of help­ing the ABs break through the im­pen­e­tra­ble Spring­bok de­fence. I was on my feet jump­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the turnover as the ABs passed the ball in quick suc­ces­sion, and banged my knee on the seat in front. There’s a red mark, but no blood let­ting. I got off lightly. Seated next to us was 16-year-old Fale­seu Tauailoto (pic­tured ),a Feild­ing High stu­dent, also ex­cited to be at his first ABs game. The excitement was pal­pa­ble. The crowds’ chant for the ABs rose into the night sky against the twin­kling lights of Rose­neath in the dis­tance. A col­lec­tive will to help our team to win. It was so close. The ABs tried, the crowd tried. The goal posts moved, I swear, the ball bounced twice. The post mortems by the dis­ap­pointed were damn­ing, damned aw­ful. We left the sta­dium, a quiet bob­bing mass, head­ing home. My first ABs game. But only two points sep­a­rated the vic­tors. Those damned goal posts.

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