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Back to writing about my ‘events’ in order – phew, it was all a bit confusing going off on a tangent!  After 2 great days of Ashes cricket – England won in case you hadn’t heard!!  Cardiff was my next destination.

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I drove from Nottingham after Day 2 of the Ashes to Tewkesbury, it felt about halfway between the 2 places and a smooth journey proved me about right.  I stopped at a very classy venue for dinner, the Services near Tewkesbury, not flashy but I had one of my favourite meals – Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips!  Ooh it’s top quality!

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A good nights’ sleep in my Travelodge, once I’d actually gone to the right hotel!  I took my totally enormous case into a Pemierinn – oops!  And I was on my way into Cardiff.

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I’d been advised to go via the M50 and wow I’m glad I did, what incredibly beautiful scenery I drove through.  I clearly put in thousands of miles a year to watch sport and I often marvel at what a breathtaking country we live in – I should probably say countries there, sorry Wales and Scotland! Oh and Ireland!  All quite lovely!

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I drove to the rugby specific Park & Ride just off the M48 at £6.00 it’s really the best way to get into the middle of Cardiff,  plenty of parking spaces and plenty of buses too.

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I had lunch and made my way to the stadium, I’m always over excited when I go to the Millennium I have not a single particle of welshness (not a word I know) in me, but I walk through the gates and I turn into a Welsh person – it’s all very odd.  I don’t think I’ll ever go and watch England there in a 6 Nations match.

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I got to my seat to find I was literally on the half way line, over excited didn’t quite cover it. there  are no bad seats in this stadium – but the halfway line!  For £50.00 – brilliant!

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Having written a virtual match report for each of the Ashes days I’ve been to I’m not going to go into too much detail about this match.  I’d say that both teams were a mix of Probables and Possibles, I’d also judge that a few Welshmen played themselves out of a shirt!

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I’d been at the same fixture for the 6 Nations and saw a fantastic game of rugby, with a well deserved win for the Welsh – this game was a million miles away from that!

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The end score was Wales 21 Ireland 35 but that really didn’t tell the story – for the majority of the game it was like watching men against boys!

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The Irish pack totally dominated particularly at the set piece, but also in the loose.  Mike Phillips was slow move the ball, giving away any small advantage gained – and they were far and few in the first 20 minutes.

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James Hook’s decision making was very poor and I’d say the Welsh team on the whole looked disjointed and tired.  I’m yet to understand the benefits of hot weather/altitude training for a World Cup taking place in England and Ireland!

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Ireland on the other hand were a cohesive unit, led by Jamie Heaslip who looked to be on top form they made very few, if any errors.  They looked like they’d been playing as a unit for weeks.  I imagine there will be much head scratching for the selectors.

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Keith Earls was rightly judge Man of The Match – he was the stand out player on the day and scored a great try to add to the other 4 scored by his team mates.

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Ireland were impressive looking every inch the 6 Nations Champions, Wales?  Were poor, their next warm up game should be interesting to say the least!

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Quite a few people left the ground early, I really don’t get that, I go to watch the sport, if I have to queue for a bus, train, in a car so be it, I won’t miss a moment!  There was a fair queue for the bus but I had nice people to chat to so the time flew by.

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A mention for my neighbours during the game too, I sat next to brothers Lawrence and Lance – they were very good company and passionate about their sport, I think they both found my life around sport – shall I say weird?

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A few facts

  • Cost of Ticket               £50.00
  • Cost of Park & Ride     £  6.00
  • An annoying fact about the Millennium – you’re not allowed to take as much as a bottle of water into the ground with you, forcing you to buy all drink.  You’re also not allowed to have a bottle.  Maybe it needs pointing out this is a rugby ground?
  • Ladies toilets – plenty of them, clean, hand wash and a way to dry hands
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2 Comments »

  1. I am Welsh and was at the game I drove from Kent to the match parked my car in a 24 hour one £6.50 great result there I stayed in Travelodge near ground game was not that good from my point of view Wales where awful but it was only a friendly. Love your comments

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    • Thanks Morgan! If you look back you’ll find the Ashes in Cardiff and the Ireland 6 Nations match at my very favourite stadium! I’m like a child in a sweet shop as soon as I put a foot inside the Millennium 😃

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