Here's a public service post especially for our regular commenter pdm who is currently a long way from his beloved McLean Park in Napier. Hawke's Bay has given Auckland a comprehensive spanking in the Air New Zealand Cup match.
In front of over 10,000 fans at the new-look McLean Park, the Magpies have run out the winners by 47-13 , clocking up a four-try bonus point in the process. Hawkes Bay is sending out an early signal that it will be one of the teams to beat this season. It's Hawkes Bay's first win over Auckland in 35 years, and we reckon that the Bay will be going off tonight!
And what a pleasure to see rugby being played on a fine Saturday afternoon. There's a message there for the NZRU, wethinks! After last night's stirring Ranfurly Shield match and today's fixture, we reckon that there could be some very good rugby played in the Air NZ Cup this season. Bring it on! And a huge ups to all those involved in the redevelopment of McLean Park and the construction of the Graham Lowe Stand - it's a fantastic facility of which the local community can be immensely proud.