RUGBY, YEAH RIGHT
I could not believe the all-round rude dismissal of the Lions as an effective force in the run-up to their arrival and after they touched down.
This was matched by the contempt expressed by those who set out their views on social media. I amby birth British Scot and have been a New Zealander for 50 years.
Normally I cheer on all Kiwi sporting endeavours, save when they are playing the Scotland. This time I was rooting for the Lions.
Most unusually having lived in our country for half a century I am still totally ignorant of the game. When listening to the last test on the radio I was never quite sure who was on what side! This factor was alleviated somewhat by the rise and fall of the commentator’s enthusiasm.
Nevertheless I had a strong feeling that I was among the crowds in the stands.
How I managed to work out where the state of play was at by following the vocal cords of the Kiwi’s behind the microphones, not only did the roar of the crowds come through I was also aided by the enthusiasm of the reporters as it rose and fell according to the state of the play.
It rose to near hysteria during those crucial last 90 seconds.
As to that French referee many will maintain ‘‘we were robbed’’, Steve Hansen summed the result it up succinctly ‘‘that’s rugby’’.
Although I have a feeling many a Kiwi’s response to Steve would be to use the time honoured phrase ‘‘yeah right’’. Don Robertson, Palmerston