This past weekend I went to watch the All Blacks take on France in an intense rugby match at Eden Park. The All Blacks are New Zealand’s premiere national rugby team- definitely the most largely supported sport in New Zealand.
I came to the game knowing very little about rugby, but we quickly found ourselves caught up in the excitement. However, I was very confused at first when I realized the sign they handed out to everyone in the stadium just said “TRY” on it. In a rugged sport where big guys are constantly taking each other out with no padding on, are we really resorting to the little league cheers of Just try!? I then learned that a try is the equivalent of a touchdown. So, alas, when the All Blacks inched towards to line, I was jumping up cheering with my TRY-sign along with the rest of the crowd.
The game was fast paced and really entertaining. And to top it off, we beat France 23-13.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Lauren M. Chapman and I am a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying to be a High School Math Teacher. On campus you can often find me singing with my a capella group, baking, tutoring or catching up with friends. I am a mid-western girl who loves home, but is thrilled to be on my own big adventure in New Zealand! I love being outside, soaking in the beauties of natures, and getting to meet amazing people from around the world. I cannot wait to take a little piece of Kiwi culture back home with me.</span></p>