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    Crowd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transiting View Post
    Crowd?
    Commentary mentioned around 15k plus.

    I'd say about right based on the footage. The big stand had some green seats showing (dunno, maybe 20%?) but the rest of the ground looked full.

    But I stand to be corrected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
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    Thanks for posting that. We were curious.

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    not bad for Mothers Day - I had to give it a miss today as I've been working 6 1/2 days and to come home and go to the rugby could have been detrimental to my health

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
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    Absolutely outstanding.

    More against the Rebels???

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    Thats a lot of guests to the wedding.

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    Is there anyway to convince Brett Gosper or someone high up from World Rugby to come over here for an upcoming game, so they can see how good things are with WSR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
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    Three times the number which turned out for the Brumbies vs Rebels match in Canberra.

    How the heck has the Legion of Rugby Snobs from Mosman (a.k.a. the ARU/RA) allowed professional rugby in Australia to be brought so low?

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
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    Is that not the second largest rugby crowd in Australia this year?

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    Is there any way to get the Super Rugby attendance figures for the games in New Zealand? I'm curious as to whether these are the best crowds in Australasia altogether.

    They may even be close to or better than the Tokyo and Buenos Aires crowds.

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Is that not the second largest rugby crowd in Australia this year?
    What behind Game 1 Gigsy ?? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahard View Post
    Thats a lot of guests to the wedding.
    Love it!

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    It was a great afternoon out and was once again a great spectacle. Well done to the Force W they played some fantastic rugby and they showed some really great offloading skills. The men's game was also really entertaining, some really awesome tries scored and some of those Tongan forwards were huge and super physical!!!! I dont think I would want to be a player going up against some of those Tongan forwards. Also I see there is a very interesting tweet from the western force twitter, I dont know if we should read too much into it or not....

    "A big shoutout to the away support this evening - we look forward to welcoming Tonga back to the Forcefield again!"
    https://twitter.com/westernforce/sta...05747781152768

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    Western Force put on a seven-try spectacle in Tonga takedown

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    Western Force cruised to a 47-17 victory over a Tongan representative side in their second World Series Rugby clash at nib Stadium last night.

    And for the second week running the biggest rugby crowd in Australia was at nib Stadium, where this time there were 16,323 in the Sea of Blue.

    It was more than three times bigger than the crowd at the Brumbies–Melbourne Super Rugby clash in Canberra on Saturday and the Rebels’ home game against the Jaguares last month.

    Again, there was plenty of pre-game razzmatazz, skydivers, dancers, fireworks, a magician and even a successful marriage proposal by a member of the Wanneroo Districts club.

    The Tongan side, drawn from clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Tonga, promised a tough physical encounter but its intensity was matched by the Force.

    There was plenty of skill on display as the Force ran in seven tries to Tonga’s two.
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    he visitors’ defensive structure was ragged early as the Force looked determined to run the ball. But Force coach Tim Sampson would not have been happy with some ill-discipline at the ruck.

    The Force skipped out to an early 18-point lead and it looked like being one-way traffic but Tonga clawed their way back to within four points at the break.

    Sampson said the side had spoken about remaining composed after Tonga fought back.

    “Our first few tries were outstanding but we went back-to-back penalties that gave Tonga some pretty handy field position,” he said.

    “We spoke about that at half-time, adjusted and got back to what we were doing well.”

    The floodgates opened in the second half with the Force racking up 26 unanswered points as the visitors tired, but two games into WSR, there was still no power-play seven-point try.

    Tonga had the early pressure and took the lead with a penalty from full-back James Faiva.

    Rod Davies put the Force ahead after his opposite winger Brad Lacey broke the defence off a lovely inside pass from playmaker Andrew Deegan.

    Deegan started and finished another swift move with sharp handling to add the second five-pointer, and then Marcel Brache sliced through, coming off a nice cut-out pass from Prior.

    Faiva scored his side’s first try after 30 minutes, converting himself, with Kelekolio Hifo adding a second, converted by Faiva.

    After the break, the Force earned a penalty try after making a shambles of the Tongan scrum and then full-back Clay Uyen crashed over after another good scrum. Brache went over for his second and Lacey added the side’s seventh. Prior converted five of the tries.

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/we...-ng-b88834937z

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