RAM’s Kathryn Emerson provides her take on The Rugby World Cup

Oct 14 2015

The Rugby World Cup. Hosted in England. Get behind them, support them, make them giants!

Well I did, I got behind them, I got behind the world cup and despite our early outing I have enjoyed every minute of it!

As the group stages have drawn to a close, we learn which 8 have not just been lucky enough to progress to the knock out stages but who have played well enough to ensure that they do progress. Don’t get me wrong, despite knowing England’s fate after the game against Australia on 3rd October and probably, in my heart of hearts, the week before against Wales, the sense of underachievement and disappointment still hasn’t escaped me.

The focus now has to be on who we can support and what the rest of the world can bring.

Not only do we have the likes of Japan showing immense passion against the South Africans in week one and being the only team to have won three of their group games and not make it through to the Semi finals, but also the rest of the home nations are still all in it and it is anyone’s game.

I decided very early on, when applying for tickets and after missing out on the Athletics at the Olympic stadium 3 years ago, that I wasn’t going to miss out of another major event that is hosted in the UK.

I was very lucky and from my application I received 3 sets of games. New Zealand Vs Namibia, France Vs Romania and Wales Vs Australia.

Since Wales and Australia have very little to fight for, I have opted to give my tickets to a Welsh family who I am sure will get much more enjoyment from the game and the amazing atmosphere which I have no doubt will fill Twickenham!

France Vs Romania was the first in my World Cup experience and boy was it a good one, everyone loves an underdog – even the French – and they did not disappoint! The Romanians put up a hell of a battle and I was ecstatic to be a part of it, in the Olympic stadium and my first world cup game. France came away with the victory as predicted but Romania did not let themselves down!

New Zealand Vs Namibia – boy was the Hakka good. Something I have always wanted to see and something I will never forget!! New Zealand ran away with the win but a consolation try from Namibia in the second half had the crowd going wild. It was well worked and well deserved.

I learnt a lot from these games and from watching these countries play at the top of their game. They were not complacent and they did not expect to win. These games were worked for, the win was earned. They were both fantastic games to be a part of.

For now and for the rest of the tournament I don’t have a favourite but I will continue to watch, for the love of rugby as I have been since the start of the tournament. I wish all the home nations the best of luck and cannot wait for an explosive and nail biting final. No matter which it will be between, both teams will want it and both will deserve it, but only one will walk away with the win and the William Web Ellis Trophy.

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