Police upset with Christchurch rugby fan behaviour
Sun, 17 Jun 2012 6:10p.m.
By Juliet Speedy
Christchurch has waited two years to host a rugby Test, and when it came last night it was a thriller.
Most of the 20,000 fans, whether Kiwis or Irish, were claiming some victory in the end.
But police weren't quite so happy.
With the Irish team performing brilliantly and at times like men possessed, some of their fans were cheering even louder.
Relieved All Blacks fans were happy with the last minute win from a Dan Carter drop-goal.
But the father of the Irish number five, Donnacha Ryan, was disappointed and believes Ireland can still pull off its first victory ever over the All Blacks.
“We were very disappointed we lost,” says Matt Ryan. “We should have won. We had the best team. We'll do it next week.”
It was the first Test in nearly two years to be held in Christchurch, and before the match fans were excited about such a big night for the city.
But the night didn't get the stamp of approval from police who were disappointed with the drunk and disorderly behaviour of some fans at the stadium.
Five people were arrested and nearly 50 either evicted or turned away before the game started because of rude behaviour and heavy intoxication.
Some might say it was a city far too excited to finally have a Test match back in Christchurch.
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