This past Friday I attended my first ever rugby game. This was a rugby league game between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla (south of Sydney) Sharks. There are two different rugby leagues here: rugby league and rugby union. The leagues have different rules and depending who you ask, you’ll get a different view point on the two each time, but from the sounds of it I’d probably prefer rugby union.
Now, I know nothing about rugby or footie as they call it over here. I’m more of a college football fan myself (SEC!) and football is just starting to break through over here and they call it gridiron. In rugby, they don’t wear any pads, no breaks between plays, and it’s still full on contact. Anywho, off to Suncorp Stadium I went.
Suncorp is a small stadium compared to what I’m used to. It only holds bout 52,500 people and Friday night there were just over 25,000 in attendance.
The cheerleaders’ performance before the game was also not what I’m used to. Needless to say, they need some more practice so they can all be in sync with one another.
There was also this random bright, neon pink pig. I still don’t know what its purpose was.
The sharks were in the blue uniforms.
The broncos were in the maroon and gold uniforms. Yes, those short are really that short!
Then a horse and rider came out on the field. Made me think of Tech! Guns up!
The first half wasn’t very exciting since no one scored. During halftime these kids came out and played their own games of rugby!
Then one minute everything was fine in the section of the stands I was in and the next beer was flying and I look up and a massive fight broke out. These guys were throwing fists and ended up falling down about five rows and it’s all stadium seating so I’m sure hitting the backs of those chairs didn’t feel none too good. It was pretty epic though. There were no security guards and no one tried to break it up so it went on until they were done. It was the most excitement I had seen thus far!
During the second half, things started picking up. The broncos scored then the sharks flew past the broncos. With about 1 minute left, the broncos scored but ran out of time and ended up losing 19-18. I still don’t exactly understand the game, but it was fun to watch.
The only odd thing to me was I went to buy a T-shirt so I could support the team. Couldn’t find one for the life of me! They wear jerseys instead and girls wear scarves, but I didn’t want to buy a scarf just to wear once. In the States, you’d basically get hazed for not wearing team colors. Not the case here. You can wear pretty much whatever you want. Thank goodness since I couldn’t find anything!
Long story short…I think I’ll stick to watching football. Kickoff is August 31!!