Au­dio at game worse than poor

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - BE­VAN BROUGHTON

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.

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