I watched the Ireland vs Australia match yesterday morning, and it turned out to be a great way to start the day. Coming in as underdogs against the tournament favourites, defeating Ireland as far as most of Australia was concerned was expected to be a formaility.
Ah, not so, and the team in green reminded one of the giants of the southern hemisphere why you underestimate the Irish at your peril. Australia were given a lesson as Ireland dominated across the field, and it’s one they won’t forget in a hurry. The final score was Ireland 15, Australia 6, and the gap could have been wider.
Apart from a great performance and a brilliant win, the other thing that stood out was the Irish support at the match. The tournamant is being held in New Zealand and it’s estimated that 30,000 Irish fans were in the stadium. Some of those would have flown over from Ireland, but the vast majority would have travelled from Australia or already been in New Zealand.
Following the silence about emigration since the last general election, it was a reminder of how many are again leaving these shores. Or as Brian O’Driscoll put it after the game – it was like playing in Dublin!
Here’s a video by Māori Television, and it’s good to see the lads and lasses helping each other out and enjoying themselves in the lead-up to the game.
Remaining Pool C games…
Ireland vs Russia: 25/9/2011
Ireland vs Italy: 2.10.2011
and then the quarter finals – bring it on! :-)
Good Luck Ireland!