Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:56 PM
Just back form the game and for me this game did everything it needed to do.
Most encouragingly the support from people around me who had never been to an RL game before and cheered every try as if we had won the world cup. This is exactly what has kept Union crowds massive for so long. Sure they didn't fully understand the rules but they were there to support our national side. They saw 8 tries, a great atmosphere from a "full house" and came away seeing their national team win 42-0
Job Done and well done England
A cracking afternoon. Bar staff seemed to struggle a little with the numbers of people (maybe pre-pouring a few would have been an idea?) but that's a minor quibble. The atmosphere around the stadium was fantastic in spite of the squally weather (luckily the worst of it came later in the evening) and it really felt like an event. Delighted I made the hike up the M1 for this one.
For me the experience was similar. And the same for the other games that I have had the pleasure of attending so far in this World Cup. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. On each occasion there have been plenty of people new to the sport around us who, judging by their reactions, enjoyed the games and the occasion immensely. This, for me, is the true measure of this World Cup's success.
"it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it."