The neighbourhood was a chorus of busy anticipation. Lawns were mowed. Errands run. Chores were done. Supplies were purchased. Small boys ran about thr street talking of their favourite players. A tremendous unity of purpose could be seen everywhere. Cars decked in flags, girls wearing "Keep Calm, Piris On" t-shirts, and a replay of the Wales vs Australia game all helped to build up the mood. Every commentary has been careful to note both the probability attaching to the favourites and the possibility of the underdogs - which has been demonstrated in this competition and others.
I'm quite wound up about it all. We'll watch the game as a family, it won't even be possible to put our five-year-old to bed.
Go the All Blacks!