The Welsh opened their World cup campaign with a Sunday afternoon kick off at the Millennium Stadium against Uruguay. Despite being England’s games Wales were granted the use of their beloved stadium as it plays hosts to a number of the tournaments games.
Wales showed their humility and respected the fact that the games belonged to England by playing down the grandeur that usually plays out in the dragon’s lair. The usual bilingual announcements, herds of welsh choirs and even Scorch the little mascot was absent. Nevertheless the spectacle that is the World Cup was there!
Walking through the city centre I walked into an Irish supporter, a Wallaby, an All black and even the odd English shirt could be seen. The World in union quite literally. Twickenham may be in a different country but the competition was still here! We’re still a part of this. The streets were lined with flags and a gigantic rugby ball had been placed, crashing into Cardiff Castle’s walls.
Soaking in the atmosphere, you forgot about the usual fires that erupt as Wales enter the field. Bars overflowed with red and voices were In full chorus! Try silencing a passionate Welshman and tell them this is England’s games.
What wasn’t the best of starts for Wales, a few errors and giving away penalties gave Uruguay the opening points on the board. Samson Lee gave the men in red their opening try followed by three from man of the match Cory Allen. With a few errors that Wales may wish to address before their big game against hosts England next weekend, they were able to show that despite the injuries, they aren’t out of this tournament! We’re not going without a fight!
Tries from Gareth Davies, Justin Tipuric, and Hallam Amos secured their 54-9 win, placing them top of the table in Pool A on points difference. With Australia and England to look forward to the men in red can be proud to have got a win under their belts and can take a lot of positives from this match to build on. Although injuries have mounted up we still have an abundance of big names and talent in our squad that are experienced in big games and still have the fire in their bellies. The support of the country is behind them and I reckon Gatland has a few surprises up his sleeve.