Poor crowd but $40 ticket well worth it

By Aruna Lolani ,

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GO REDS AND THE BLUES: Auckland Blues and Queensland Reds fans loving the atmosphere at Apia Park on Friday.

GO REDS AND THE BLUES: Auckland Blues and Queensland Reds fans loving the atmosphere at Apia Park on Friday. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

The crowd at the historical first super rugby game in Samoa might have been small but silent they were not. 

Most of the noise though came from the general admission areas filled by mostly Blues fans.

It was certainly a historic event in the eyes of many, considering it’s the first Super Rugby held in Samoa but also having a stadium with a crowd of people and a lot of empty seats.

Frank Su’a, one of the Blues fans and supporters was happy about the result.

“I have been complaining about how expensive the tickets were but my $40 ticket was worth it because it was an awesome game and I’m really proud of the Blues,” he said.

“They came late to Samoa but you know, they came prepared, knowing that they will make it up to their fans. What can we say? It’s the Blues.  All their training has been paid off so ‘Malo lava boys.”

Another Blues fan Salenu’u Vitale was just as excited.

 “The Blues did well. Very well! I think most of the people here tonight we’re rooting for the Blues because everywhere I turned, it’s always something blue and I think that sort of helped the boys played a good game, knowing that they have a lot of supporters out there. So to the Blues, wish you all the best and May God Bless.”

But despite the fact that the Reds were outnumbered when it came to the crowd, Reds supporters still cheered on with joy and believed that the team performed well.

Queensland Reds fan, Leilani Schreiber, said: “The Reds performed really well. I mean the scores weren’t that far apart, it was only 29 and 34.  I know the Reds could’ve beaten that score if they were given a little more time. Anyways I still think the Reds were on fire tonight.”

Alex Opetaia, another Reds fan added: “The crowd was terrible and it made us look bad but maybe it was because the tickets were so expensive. I don’t know why it was though when this is the first time something like this happened in Samoa.

“I still believed Reds could’ve had this night. Despite the results, both teams did well and I know anyone who has been watching was entertained by both teams.

“Well done boys!”

It was a great game to see and one that the people of Samoa would always remember.

 

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