Entering The Cauldron – The Final Siege

When asked about the illegal Welsh try that won the game, the Irish coach, Declan Kidney did not fulminate in the manner of Sir Alex Ferguson, but said, that ‘while he felt extremely frustrated, he was not going to make an issue of it at a time when so many in the world were suffering from the consequences of natural disasters’.

That puts sport into perspective. However, let me share what it feels like to step into cauldron of rugby, The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff….

Arguably the most magnificent rugby venue in the world.

The Welsh singing is unique. Powerful yet perfectly harmonious. Inspirational – if you are a Welsh player. Intimidating or awesome if you are the opposition. In this case, Ireland, and lo both sets of fans are singing the Irish song, ‘The Fields Of Anthenry’. Ah, the Millennium Stadium and the Welsh fans. What a buzz. Moments before the National Anthems………moments before kick-off.

And then ‘Bread Of Heaven’ happens…………………………………….

As kick-off approaches, the crowd moves on and sings the hymn, Cwm Rhondda, the Rhondda Valley, which refers to ‘Bread Of Heaven’.

This singing lifts the spirits of every Welsh rugby player. It gets better though because that is not the Anthem. ‘Land Of My Fathers’ is.  The Welsh National Anthem is inspirational, particularly when sung in harmony by 74,500 passionate fans in Cardiff’s magnificent stadium. It is simply unique to sit here and hear this beautiful powerful sound. Just listen to this…………………………………………….

What it’s like to be in the Irish team listening to this seconds before kick-off?

Time is up. The clock has stopped. The game will be over the next time the ball goes out of play. So Ireland keep it alive and advance on the Welsh line. One score separates the sides. The Siege of Cardiff unfolds…..…….with a unique view from the ring side seats…..this happens…………………………………………………………

—The End—

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3 Responses to Entering The Cauldron – The Final Siege

  1. Eddie Neill March 20, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    Nice video, but the guy singing on the mic
    better see his oral surgeon to get the marbles
    outta his mouth.

  2. Andrew Comwell March 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Around September previous year the Millennium Stadium organised an ‘all star’ line-up of performers at a special Ryder Cup live concert. The ‘Welcome to Wales’ concert happened 2 days prior to the Ryder Cup begun at Celtic manor and yes it was obviously an impressive event for the tournament.

    • prsmith May 1, 2011 at 11:49 am #

      The Welsh have a great gift for singing. Long may it and the tradition continue.

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