100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 90:

South Africa v Fiji, RWC2011, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, September 2011

Second pool match, and Wellington was still abuzz. Pubs and hotels loving hosting those big eating Bokke fans. It was great having your town be a part of something this big globally, yet at a local level it felt comfy. You could stop & chat with away fans in the street, see if they needed directions. You could glimpse the players out and about on some free time, grabbing a coffee. I  saw Morene Steyn and Victor Matfield just cruising about, and they were not being mobbed… just getting nods, g'days, maybe a photo request. They were free to move about here though. They were given some space – more than they’d ever see on a field during a Test Match! Once again, a great atmosphere at The Cake Tin: The Bok fans are so colourful and noisy it was like a home game for them again... but the Fijian fans were hugely visible too, just a shame their team didn’t really get to show their style more. South Africa fielded a slightly tweaked XV but they really announced their presence in this game. The defence was huge ... bigger than a Fijian No. 8! They never let Fiji get quick ball or even any real line breaks ... first and maybe second tackles nailed them, and stopped any Fijian open/Sevens rugby. The game was probably quite 50/50 in terms of the numbers, but the Boks were superbly clinical when they had the  ball - they really converted their scoring opportunities. They showed determination to attack - was this the difference of having Frans Steyn in at 12 maybe? No disrespect to Morne Steyn (who to be fair got a try and hit the line more than usual) ... but what could a Bok inside back combo of du Preez, Lambie, Frans Steyn & Fourie do? Would be awesome. Afterwards I thought they really did posess the players to really go all the way: JP Pietersen was a rock, Danie Rossouw a deserved MOTM, Hougaard is a game-changer ... it goes on. I saw them as a huge favourite, though Samoa could still be a banana skin for them (the previous night Ireland had beaten Australia, all but handing South Africa top spot in the pool). Bokke! Bokke! Bokke! As we left the stadium, Jacques Fourie was still offside;-)