England v South Africa

So for those of you that have any interest in the Rugby World Cup Final where will you be watching it?

I haven’t worked it out yet. I generally don’t like watching sports in bars as although it is great when your team win it can be a real downer (and a waste of money) if they don’t. On the other hand it can be a brilliant night out.

At the moment I am thinking that I may stay in and watch the game with sands and then when England win go down to the marina and have a few celebratory drinks. On the other hand I could well be persuaded to go out to the bars with the rugby boys here and make a real session of it.

Either way it will be the last drink that I have until I do the sponsored run on the 29th.

Let me know what your plans are if you have any.

16 thoughts on “England v South Africa

  1. John

    Most definitely watching, although torn with both English and SA ties…although it does mean ONE of my teams will win. Sweet agony…

    I’m staying in to watch for different reasons, one of which is we are expecting baby number two any day so unwise to get hammered. Otherwise I would definitely be out with the boys on an absolute bender regardless of result.

  2. Dunks

    Will be at home with Wife. Little one’s bedtime will be ‘arranged’ for 8:00 so we can crash on the sofa and watch the game.

    Used to be out in the bars doing the loadsa beers and singing bit but nowadays prefer the comfort of our own home, a nice glass of red wine and a few nibbles. Might be boring to some but a night out involves babysitters and we’ll be woken up at 6:00am by a toddler who doesn’t understand ‘Daddy’s got a hangover’!!

    Really looking forward to the game. Still have concerns over S Africa’s speed and ability to play the ball wide to the backs. England are going to have to work hard at keeping a tight defence. But who knows. They have certainly improved throughout this competition. A win would be great!

  3. Dunks

    BTW: Just flicked BBC news on and seen the clip of the SA player racing (and almost beating) a Cheetah in a race! Thats good for English confidence eh!

  4. John

    A win for England would be momentous, the first time any country retains the title.

    The cheetah racer is Mr Habana and although he is damn quick the cheetah actually still won. If it was chasing him for real I think he might find an extra turn of speed though…

    I have firmly instructed my son-to-be that he had better not arrive during the final or there will be trouble.

    England needs to stay calm, keep their amazing forward play going, keep stealing the ball at the breakdown and Johnny needs to keep a cool head.

    It’s anybody’s for the taking on the day. I hope the Pumas steal third place tonight.

  5. Andy

    I am confused… Since when as being in a bar ever been a waste of money?

    With regards the Rugby… It transpires that TheWifeâ„¢ and I are going to be at a pre-arranged party. I am praying that there are some likeminded sports fans who will find a TV to watch at least some of the game.

    But it does make you think of how many people are now regretting booking their wedding / birthday party etc for 20th October… Could be a few empty dance floors up and down the country!

    I predict either a SA demolition of England or maybe, just maybe we’ll see Mr. Wilkinson Show sneak us a win a la 2003!

  6. Dunks

    Hopefully Johnny does well. I feel for him as there is such expectation on him, particularly given the last final. It’s great to see him back though after so many injury issues. If he does find form it could be a real chance for England. Granted the conversion on the first try against France was a nasty angle, but if he had scored on all his kicks in that game what a different scoreline it would have been!

  7. Chris Marshall Post author

    I am with Andy, we will either get slaughtered or pull off a narrow victory by sticking to a simple, forward dominated game plan based around the forwards and Johnnies boot!

    Of course being in a bar is never really a waste, but what I hate is getting semi drunk to the point that you want to get hammered, but feeling deflated because your team lost. My preference is to stay in with a few beers, then go out. Now you have to remember that ‘going out’ here normally means leaving the house about 10pm and not getting in until 4am 🙂

  8. Andy

    NEWSFLASH… TheWifeâ„¢ has just informed me that under NO circumstances will there be access to a TV at tomorrow nights party. She did utter the words “I won’t be upset if you don’t want to go”, which as I understand it means, “Go to the party buster, or die”.

    If I do go to the party, England will win and I will miss the most amazing display of Rugby ever. If I risk death and stay in to watch the game, it’ll be a dull match that SA have wrapped in in the first 20 mins.

  9. Chris Marshall Post author

    Risk it – stay at home and watch.

    BUT I am always brave when it comes to giving other husbands advice 🙂

  10. Andy

    So… I have taken the advice of Mr. Marshall and abandoned the good lady for the entire day / evening. She seemed fine, but I sense that there is a storm brewing for the very near future.

    On the plus side (the very plus side), I discovered that my beloved Leicester City are facing the might of Scunthorpe live on Sky at 5.30pm, therefore forcing me to the pub much early than I could ever have hoped for.

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  12. Chris Marshall Post author

    Good decision sir!!!!!!!

    This is looking to be a good day – the iPhone arrived so that is a good omen in my book!

  13. Dunks

    Well – thoughts in the aftermath? Johnny Wilkinson driven to drink despite being TT. Was is or was it not a try? How hungover was Chris exactly?

    Real shame for the team – part of me expected this result TBH, but it would have been brilliant if they’d pulled it off.

  14. Chris Marshall Post author

    I didn’t see that Johhny had a drink! Good for him, he needs to lighten up!!!!!

    I don’t think it was a try. Looked to me that his toe broke the line, then cam off the ground. At the point he grounded the ball I think he was in play, but he was in touch before that.

    They basically outplyed us at our own game and we couldn’t come up with a Plan B – still we defended the title better than anybody else ever has and should be proud.

    As for hangover it was a good one I must admit – can’t say I am looking forward to my run later today – in fact in 30 mins or so!!!!

  15. Dunks

    @Chris: Absolutely agree, much to annoyance of Father-In-Law who rattled on about me being welsh etc etc. BUT, touch the line = out of play. His toe scuffed the line before he managed to get his foot up and even then I think, possibly his knee followed before he grounded the ball. I really wnated this not to be the case but thats Rugby!

  16. Chris Marshall Post author

    Just got this through – an oldie but a classic!!!

    His and Hers Diaries

    HER DIARY:
    Saturday 20th October 2007

    Saw him in the evening and he was acting really strangely. I went shopping in the afternoon with the girls. I did turn up a bit late so thought it might be that.

    The bar was really crowded and loud so I suggested we go somewhere quieter to talk. He was still very subdued and distracted so I suggested we go somewhere nice to eat.

    All through dinner he just didn’t seem himself; he hardly laughed and didn’t seem to be paying any attention to me or to what I was saying. I just knew that something was wrong.

    He dropped me back home and I wondered if he was going to come in; he hesitated but followed. I asked him again if there was something the matter but he just half shook his head and turned the television on.

    After about 10 minutes of Silence, I said I was going upstairs to bed. I put my arms around him and told him that I loved him deeply. He just gave a sigh and a sad sort of smile. He didn’t follow me up at first but later he did, and I was surprised when he wanted to make love. He still seemed distant and a bit cold, and I started to think that he was going to leave me and that he had found someone else. I cried myself to sleep.

    HIS DIARY:

    Saturday 20th October 2007

    England lost. Gutted. Got a shag though!

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