The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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


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