Audio at game worse than poor
OPINION: Friday Night Footy, it’s a great way to start the weekend.
But 7.45pm is late. The family zone was pretty full and vociferous again. Fathers desperately loading the young ones up on lollies and soft drinks so they don’t have to carry their kids to the car.
New Maori All Blacks coach v outgoing Maori All Blacks coach and no-one in any position wants the newbie to do well. They say they do, but they don’t. Well, Coops had the wood on Clayton on Friday.
The bulk of the BOP catchment area resides in Rotorua and Tauranga. Rotorua is famous for being smelly and Tauranga for the average age of their ratepayers being 97. There are no old and smelly jokes though, it’s election week and Winston has everyone in a frenzy. So I’ll just keep quiet on NZ’s fiercest gang, ‘Grey Power’. I’ll give most things a crack, but back in the day, every rugby club’s side line had a particular grandmother, her umbrella and her steely eyes. The thought of a gang of them around election time would even rival a frenzy of sharks.
But the Steamers were not reflective of being old or smelly, they were a youthful squad. And they got a lesson. After some determined defence, the floodgates finally opened and the Bulls secured the win. That fourth try, which I admittedly missed, was a cracker and that bonus point may turn out to be critical come semi’s time.
One gripe, the audio on ‘Go Bulls Go’ is not even good enough to be rated ‘poor’. The kids get into it, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s good. They have heard of the umbrella ladies, so they are on their best behaviour.
Positives too though, the U21 South / North game is a great idea, and it was a very good game to watch. Well done Jesse, great ball running, aggressive defence and your work rate was impressive. Good to see you back home. I got a friendly reception from the vehicle pass check lady, the ticket scanners, the bar team and the ticket police in the stands. I took a selfie just to check the smiles were not from something stupid written on my forehead; nope – just good old Taranaki hospitality. Double thumbs.
Finally, a get well soon message to Charlie. All the best mate.
Bulls 29, BOP 7. Next Saturday night we are magpie hunting in the other Bay.
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Mr Cool and calm Charlie Ngatai.