Carisbrook School pupils (from left) Ethan Watt (10), Jacob
Robertson (10), Jonathon Hall (10), Hamish Arthur (10),
Jack Flaws (9), Lily Sudol (9), Emily Wilden (10), Courtney
Parata (10), Noah Scott (11), Stephen Nikou (11), Ethan
Roberts (11), Michael Lydiate (11), Callum Woods (9) and
Callum Chalker-Himburg (10) welcome the Bledisloe Cup with
a haka yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
You're an Australian teacher in a New Zealand school. How
could things get any worse?
The gleaming symbol of transtasman rugby supremacy, the
Bledisloe Cup, visited Carisbrook School yesterday.
''I've been getting teased all week about it,'' the school's
head of Maori, Sam Weepers, who hails from Adelaide,
Australia, groaned yesterday.
''All I've been hearing from the staff and the kids is how
much the Wallabies are going to lose to the All Blacks by.
But it's all been in good fun.''
After a week of ribbing, Mr Weepers did not even try to put
up a fight yesterday.
''I don't think the Aussies will win, to be honest, but
they'll do better than they did in the last game.
''Actually, I'm not even a big rugby fan. I'm from Adelaide,
so I'm a Crows [Australian Rules] fan.''
The pupils won the right to get close to the huge silver
trophy at their school yesterday by winning a haka
''It's exciting, because it's the biggest cup in the world
and we've won it much more than Australia,'' haka leader Noah
''It's good to see it, because it's part of my tribe,'' Storm
Harris (8) proclaimed.
''I've never seen it before. It's much bigger than I thought
it would be.''
School principal Ben Sincock said the whole school, with only
one exception, was excited about the visit.
''It's been brilliant having it here at the school. The kids
have really been looking forward to it.
''We have a lot of All Blacks fans here.''
And Mr Sincock was not shy about offering a prediction within
earshot of his Australian colleague.
''It will be 40-18 to the All Blacks. Guaranteed.''
The All Blacks play Australia at Forsyth Barr Stadium on