On Saturday 20th November 2010, the GCSE PE students made the trip to rugby headquarters Twickenham to watch England take on the might of Samoa. Despite an early start, everyone was in high spirits and were anticipating a great game.
We arrived at Twickenham at 12.30pm and the students were given time to look around the various features of the stadium. This included watching the players arrive on their coaches, eating lots of hot dogs and beef burgers and buying lots from the many rugby stores.
We made our way into our excellent seats, where we were able to sample the pre match build up. We watched the warm-ups and the entertainment and then it was game time!
Samoa, renowned for their big hits, didn’t disappoint and put in several bone shuddering tackles much to the delight of our students. England’s forwards gradually took control of the set piece, dominating the scrums and line outs with the monster Andrew Sheridan causing much delight for our students as he ran over several Samoans!
The second half started with an immediate Samoan try. Most of our students missed it as they were still buying food! England managed to score two second half trys, each time accompanied by loud music and lots of dancing from the 80,000 crowd.
A Mexican wave started in the crowd that managed to complete five laps of the stadium. This bought much amusement and was a very memorable way to finish the game.
The final score was 26 – 13 to England and we were all very happy. After waiting for about half an hour to get out of the stadium, we all trooped back to the minibus and began the trip home.
A great trip that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The students behaviour was a credit to the school and I look forward to the next one!