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Robin John’s Travel Diary

Monday, 12 Sep 2011

Location: Picton, South Island, New Zealand

MapIt was great to watch the game last night. Wales definitely outplayed the Springboks, but made their job harder after giving away that early soft try when their defence had not quite woken up. After that, they were exemplary in defence, with fierce tackles around the knees giving the Boks no room to move. Even the great hulk of Schalk Burger could make no headway. It was a very encouraging display from Wales, with lots of line breaks, attacking flair and a wonderful first try from the young Toby Faletau. That early penalty from James Hook was not given, but it looked in to me. So Wales will go into the next game against Samoa in Hamilton with heads high.
I am now in Picton, having taken the ferry from Wellington across the Cook Strait first thing this morning. I have one more sea journey to get me to Ship Cove this afternoon when I will be doing the first leg of my walk on the Queen Charlotte Track.
The weather here has been mixed, with rain first thing, but it is now warm and sunny.