It was a cold, rainy morning we woke up to in Picton, but being tough South Africans we donned our warm clothes, rain gear and headed down to the port to catch the Interislander Ferry, the Arahura, across to Wellington, with many other South African supporters. Major excitement for our first rugby match, SA vs Wales. The ferry trip took approximately 3,5 hrs and despite the miserable weather, the crossing was fairly smooth. I do not have sea legs, but I had drops for motions sickness. Win.

Arriving at the port in Wellington, you have a clear view of the Wellington Stadium (the tin can). Walking from the port into the city, we spotted amazing graffiti …

With much to squeeze in before the game, we headed off to find our accommodation -> https://www.yha.co.nz/hostels/north-island-hostels/yha-wellington. Clean rooms at reasonable prices.

Here we are sleeping with the enemy.

One lone SA flag amongst the Wales flags

Walking the streets of Wellington back to the stadium was fantastic. So many South African supporters on the streets and with them came the “gees”, much flag waving, shouting “Bokke!” and general happiness.

Great spirit in the stadium, despite the rain and cold. And let me tell you something … the Wales supporters are quite a force to be reckoned with. It was awesome to experience their singing and chants of “Wales! Wales!” It was a tough game and a VERY close win for SA (17) over Wales (16) … too close for comfort.  Many happy SA supporters headed off to celebrate their win on the streets of Wellington.

Before ... and a slightly messy After

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