Article Title:How the Heroes creamed the Hustlers
Author or Credit:Sean Aucamp
Published on:6th October 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:438
Text:Ponsonby Heroes lock Sean Aucamp reports on the historic first rugby match between New Zealand and Australian Teams for the BG Williams trophy. On the Friday night before the match the Heroes and Hustlers had a meet and greet at Hydrant in Ponsonby to get to know each other. Next morning both teams assembled at at Warren Freer Park in St Lukes for a warm-up. Good thing we had to share a change room because some of those Aussie boys were hot! For the first time we had an IRB referee who was very serious about the match and checked our boots and mouth guards to make sure we are fully equipped to play. During the first half, the Heroes lost one player who injured his shoulder during a ruck. The Hustlers lost two players in the first half due to injury. They were substituted with Ponsonby Legions players. Ponsonby Legions is the straight social team at our club and probably the most amazing group of guys who have been very supportive of the Heroes throughout the season) The Heroes scored two tries in the first half and the Hustlers one. During the second half, the Hustlers lost one player and the Heroes were still going strong, scoring a further two tries. Even though we play straight teams in our league, the Hustlers were by far the strongest and best team we have played all season. We thought we had the strength in our legs to defend against them, but they had legs of steel. At the end whistle, the Heroes won 22 - 5. It was all smiles when we walked past each other to shake hands and pop a few kisses on cheeks. The game was followed by watching some Aussie Football League on Sky and a BBQ at which the trophy was awarded to the Heroes by All Black legend Brian Williams. After the BBQ, both teams and supporters headed to Flesh for a night of dancing and celebrating. By far, this was the most exciting rugby match I have ever been in. Well, I have never played rugby before in my life to begin with and only started this year when the Heroes were recruiting new players. I am ready for next year. Bring it on... and bring on the BG Williams Cup in Brisbane! Sean Aucamp - 6th October 2004    
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