Sunday, June 23, 2013

British Lions v ACT Brumbies

I went along with a couple of friends to watch the Brumbies (the local Canberra rugby team) play the British and Irish Lions who are on tour at the moment.

It's 12 years since the Lions last toured Australia and they have a massive following. Even a bitterly cold and frosty night in Canberra didn't deter the Lions supporters and there were 21,000 of us in Bruce Stadium for the game. A lot of Scots dressed in kilts and t-shirts.

Both sides fielded weakened sides - the Brumbies are still involved in the 'Super Rugby' competition (they finished top of the Australian section) and the Lions due to play three tests against Australia so they both had future games and players fitness to contemplate.

It was a bit of a dilema for me - club or country? I wore red of the Lions to the game (in fairness I had little option as my thick winter coat is red) but the Brumbies determination and defence was outstanding and in the end I cheered for the local side. Either way I couldn't really lose.

The Brumbies ended up winning 14-12 - a great result. Of course in reality it was little more than a friendly encounter but still a noteable result. It would be good to see the Lions go unbeaten for the rest of the tour with the only blot on their record occuring in the chill of Canberra.

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