They might have lost the cricket, but the UK's World Cup Polocrosse team has caused the upset of the 2007 tournament by depriving New Zealand of an anticipated place in tomorrow's final at Morgan Park, Warwick.
Until midday today (Saturday 28 April) the Kiwis were ranked number two in the world and an excellent chance of winning a likely final against Australia tomorrow. The 24 to 18 win today for Poms - for whom the damp conditions were all too familiar – has lifted their world ranking from seventh to second.
Irrespective of tomorrow's World Cup final at 2.30 AEST, today's win caps off a week of celebrations for the UK team. On Wednesday it was confirmed that they will host the 2011 Polocrosse World Cup.
For the game described as "rugby on horseback" the Kiwis led early in the match, but were overhauled and then soundly beaten by six goals by the un-fancied UK team.
All eyes are now back on the main field for the second semi-final for the 1400 hours (AEST) start when title holders Australia tackle the South Africans. Welcome light rain to the parched Queensland’s Southern Downs did not deter the crowd nor its spirits.
Full results online www.polocrosse.com.au/worldcup/results_28.htm.