Tangled up in bleu…


Photographer James Allan made the most of covering his first rugby Test match at Carisbrook by turning his camera on the 28,500-sellout crowd.


Their 20-minute Test

It seemed like half of Queenstown was at the All Blacks Test in Dunedin last Saturday night – but for some it was a hell of an adventure getting there.

Take Chris Dagg and friends Rachel Rose, Heather Kingsley, Andy Watherston and Dan Iosefo.

Dagg, a 42-year-old farmer and long-distance runner, says his group planned to chopper over at about 3pm on match day. Except this was the foggiest day Dagg, a lifelong local, can recall.

“We hung on and on, waiting for things to clear but then in came the crap.”

By about 5pm, they realised it would be too dark to land in Dunedin so made “an executive decision” to drive instead, only arriving at Carisbrook for the last 20 minutes of the All Blacks’ 27-22 loss to the French.

Never mind, Dagg says: “As Rachel said, the road trip was more fun than the game.”


Hold all tickets

As husband David drove into Dunedin last Friday for Saturday’s rugby Test, Queenstown’s Mandy Kennedy had an “uh-uh” moment.

Before meeting up at Queenstown Airport to drive to Dunedin – David had been at the TRENZ tourism expo in Auckland – Mandy had listed everything they’d need for their weekend.

“I’ve even got your electric toothbrush charger,” she boasted to David, as Carisbrook’s lights came into view.
David: “You remembered the tickets, didn’t you?”

Mandy hid her face in her hands, realising the tickets were sitting by the phone at home.

Thankfully, the Kennedys had someone house-sitting their beagle. “She was able to find a work colleague driving over the next day who managed to deliver the tickets to us.”