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When the lions came to town....

You could feel the excitement rippling through the early morning mists of Melbourne...

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The British & Irish Lions had come to town to take on the Wallabies!! The second to last test was being held at the Ethiad stadium in Melbourne and everyone was swept up in Rugby fever.

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Although, this advert painted at Melbourne Airport caused quite a stir in the media (and a few complaints).

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Seemingly overnight the city had become a sea of red with the occasional dot of yellow thrown in for good measure.

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Apparently there were 30,000 fans travelling with the tour and it seemed majority of them had taken over the bars of Southbank along the Yarra river.

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We had an opportunity to get some standing tickets at the game but for 100 bucks each and no guarantee of actually being able to see any of the action we opted to gather some mates together (made of Brits, Irish, a few Aussies and a neutral Swiss???? to keep things fair).

Dan and I diligently joined the queues 4 hours before the game started to secure a table with a view of the screen, grab a burger and get some drinks in.

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I should have planned ahead and got a lion hat!

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The pub was rammed but after table hopping a few times we managed to get a decent spot... everyone had arrived...

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and it was time for the game to begin!!

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As you can probably tell from the picture it was a tense match and despite the best efforts of the fans chanting "liiiiiiiiiioooonnnnnsss! liiiiiiiiiioooonnnnnsss!" it didn't have the result we were hoping for....

But we all know how it finally ends :) (don't we Broomy!)

Sx

Posted by doyledan 03:50 Archived in Australia

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