The mood was similar to an international rugby game in Cardiff – an atmosphere that this city is famous for. You could look to your left and see a dozen Elvis’, then to your right see a group of men dressed as penguins. Both the weird and the wonderful all ventured to the streets to support their chosen side, with each of the four teams equally represented both on the streets and in the stadium.
The Principality stadium ran like clockwork as it always does. Tens of thousands of people all in one stadium and the wait for food and drink was kept down by the hard work and organisation of the staff. Nobody had to sneak out during a game to get a pie – it could all be done in good time meaning you didn’t miss a moment. I have been to the Principality stadium for a rugby match on many occasions, but this one was slightly different. Previously I had seen two nations fight for the win and pride in an international tournament – but this was club rugby. This was international companions playing against one another. The rivalry was intense and the fans absolutely loved it.
The entrance of the Blues and the Ospreys prompted passionate cries from their supporters as the game commenced in front of a record 60,000 people. The game was a fascinating one, and with the lead changing owner several times it was certainly tough to call it – but in the end, thanks to a never say die attitude, the Ospreys came out on top winning 27-40, despite falling behind early on.
Next up was the Newport Gwent Dragons vs Scarlets. The only team who had something to play for was the Scarlets, but of course the Dragons were not going to lie down and let them have it – they had pride to compete for. This was not as fast paced, end to end as the first match, but still provided plenty of quality rugby for the fans to enjoy. In the end, the Scarlets came out on top, and with a bonus point winning 20-34.
Judgement Day has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, and surprisingly at one time it was nearly abandoned completely. I think the numbers of supporters who attended this year shows what a brilliant event it is to have in Cardiff, and long may it continue.
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