27/10/13: World Cup Match 4 - New Zealand v Samoa
Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:13 PM
Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:21 PM
Watched the forum for a while but had to join to comment on how buzzing I am after coming back from the HJ tonight. As a dyed in the wool Warrington fan I was sceptical about being neutral for NZ Samoa. Needn't have worried. Even stood in the away stand but the match had everything to forget about OT from three weeks ago. Never seen a No Try / Try decision before! Never expected to see SBW make an error that I saw my son do for his U7 match earlier this year! Never expected to be chanting Toa Samoa with a vigour reserved normally for the Michael/Joel chant. After watching Hill and Westwood for so long to see Mose Masoe made me recalibrate my view on big forwards. Top game top crowd- and even got chatting to the lad next to me who admitted he's not an RL fan but loves sport. Well he could not have got a better intro than he did tonight. Absolutely superb!
Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:44 PM
That was a crowd generated atmosphere, something we've lost with a lot of with the all seater stadiums. No need for the artificial musac generated rubbish. As a Wigan fan that left me somewhat envious that the DW will never produce the atmosphere evident tonight.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:11 AM
I was lucky enough to be at both, and this is the reason I love Test RL, not the Ashes etc.
Simply amazing, unbeatable sport.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:27 AM
Was also at Wilderspool in '95 to see the Kiwis and Tonga,can't decide which was the best match.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:18 AM
After 20 mins it looked like the Kiwis would score 60. After 60 minutes it looked like mission impossible might happen (oh for the missed goal kicks by Samoa).
Thinking what a great individual score by SBW then shouting for the ref to go the video as SBW slipped over the whitewash.
Masoe - jesus christ what a big lad.
The big hits were earth shattering, loved the comment by Voss about the HJ being 'the land of the giants'.
A privilidge to watch the game and to hear commentary that was perfectly in tune with what was happening out there.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:26 AM
The Sonny Bill error on top of David Mead a couple of hours earlier has already given us plenty to talk about.
The whole thing is just shaping up superbly.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:39 AM
Fantastic game and a privilege to be there to see it. Fantastic to see the skills of the Kiwis, and to see the Samoan comeback. Mose Masoe is an absolute beast. Awesome game - gonna have to record the replay on Premier so I can see that second half again!
Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:53 AM
A great game that reinforces the fact what a great sport RL is. I can comfortably say, the roar of the crowd for Samoa in that second half is the loudest crowd noise I have ever experienced at the HJ.
Can't decide between yesterday or NZ/Tonga in 95 for the best atmosphere.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:00 AM
Echo what people have posted about it being a privilege to be there. What a tremendous atmosphere to compliment a superb game. I even did the viral dance at half time!
Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:02 AM
Massive hits,wonderful commentary,and a great atmosphere. Isn't our game just brill
Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:14 AM
Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:52 AM
Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:01 AM
I didn't see any of the PNG v France game and only caught about 20 minutes at the end of the first half of this game after helping around the house and being busy.
There just aren't enough hours in the day. Nevermind putting the clocks back an hour, I need about 4 extra hours to watch these games!
On Odsal Top baht 'at.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:02 AM
Brilliant game, played in front of a packed stadium full of fans who were well up for the game. Good pre match stuff, all in all a fantastic advert for Rugby League.
Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:43 AM
I bet there were a lot of very happy Saints fans after they saw Masoe in action!
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)
Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:52 AM
Not sure if Samoa will qualify just yet. France have gotten a huge boost with the win against PNG. PNG have every chance if beating Samoa. Could be very very close!
Wonderful stuff and the crowd stayed behind too to give their respects. Samoa still should qualify. Remember this was (West) Samoa. They should talk the other island into playing RL as well.
As for getting the other island playing, I do believe there was only a couple of Western Samoan born players in that side so let's keep concentrating on the main island!
Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:20 PM
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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:27 PM
kiwis looked awesome despite taking their foot off the gas.
Edited by Draculas tea bag, 28 October 2013 - 01:36 PM.