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Blues call on fans for silence in S14

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 26 Nov 2008 at 16:13
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In the wake of the All Blacks’ matches in Ireland and the silence that fell across the crowd when kicks were taken, Eden Park and the Blues would like to call upon local fans to do the same for home matches in the upcoming Rebel Sport Super 14.

According to the Blues’ official website their CEO Andy Dalton believes the magic of the crowd at Munster struck a chord with New Zealanders and presented a very positive portrayal of the Irish and Munster fans on the global stage.

“The atmosphere at these stadiums is absolutely electric. Then when the eerie hush falls across the ground, it just adds to the excitement and drama. We want our fans to be part of that experience. Whether it is for local matches or internationals, we’d like to call on New Zealanders to adopt the same approach.”

One man who has been the target of that sudden hush at Munster is former Auckland and All Black first five-eighth, Grant Fox.

“It’s quite an amazing experience. You feel the eyes of everybody in the whole stadium on you and to be honest, it’s a little unsettling. I had never experienced anything like it,” Fox recalled.

Eden Park and the Blues call upon our rugby supporters to follow the Irish fans and rather than cheering (or jeering as is often the case) at kicking times, instead fall silent.

“This is not something new – it is reinstating an old Eden Park tradition,” said Eden Park General Manager, Murray Reade.

“During the early days here at the Park, the crowd became silent whenever kicks were taken, out of sportsmanship and respect for the players. We think bringing this tradition back will be good for the game and enhance the Eden Park experience for both fans and players.”

Blues Marketing Manager Grant McKenzie believes that in a nation of fervent sports fans such as ours, this call-to-action will be grabbed with both hands by rugby supporters.

“We all saw how effective the silenced crowd was in those two games, so why not do it here? If this adds to the drama of the game-day experience, then that’s what we are after. I’m confident with Rugby World Cup 2011 on its way, our rugby faithful will be keen to embrace this move in the coming season,” said Blues Marketing Manager, Grant McKenzie.

Eden Park and the Blues will be working together to help drive this initiative in the 2009 Rebel Sport Super 14 and to create awareness for rugby supporters at home games – including the two matches at North Harbour Stadium.

The Blues first home match at Eden Park is against the Sharks on March 7 as the team play their first three rounds in Perth then South Africa.


  • Now we just need 13 more unions to follow suit

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.11.08 16:17:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I really wish to hell all fans worldwide would adopt this approach, SA inlcuded.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.11.08 16:24:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Nice idea. Can’t see it happening.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.11.08 17:15:39 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Not gonna happen at Newlands, but i wish it would.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.11.08 17:19:19 by PJLD Reply
  • We used to do this at school during the first team games, I think they still do. And then still tear a piece of paper as the kicker kicked as some sort of superstition. 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.11.08 17:24:36 by Ollie Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) : Would be nice. 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.11.08 17:28:26 by McLovin Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 5) : Sorry, that should be that we tore a piece of paper when the opposition kicker kicked, in the hope he would miss.

    It would be great if they could get the silence back in during the kick, it’s another great thing that makes rugby different from soccer.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.11.08 17:32:57 by Ollie Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 5) : we had something similar

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.11.08 17:34:45 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    Aah, the good old days.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.11.08 17:38:41 by Ollie Reply
  • We also used to shut up during kicks at school. Home & away team.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.11.08 17:42:25 by McLovin Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 9) : when were you in school, Ollie?

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.11.08 17:43:46 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : we would’ve been pk’ed if we hadn’t.

    As soon as Robbie Rein (or whoever) had kicked the ball through the posts, we would all shout “SUIWER” at the top of our lungs. Didn’t make a peep up until that point.

    Shit, we spoke a lot of bone considering we were an English school… then again, Pretoria… 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.11.08 17:47:20 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    Matriculated in ’89

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.11.08 17:57:07 by Ollie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I like that ‘suiwer’ thing. Suppose you had to speak afr, otherwise the opposition wouldn’t understand. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.11.08 17:57:49 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : exagery.

    @Ollie (Comment 13) : wow, ok… so your good old days were a little bit before mine 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.11.08 18:13:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) :

    Impossible at Newlands 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.11.08 00:41:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    Rob Albertus Dylan?

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.11.08 08:34:55 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Yea would be sweet

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.11.08 10:00:54 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : easy, fishsticks 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.11.08 10:42:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) :


  • Comment 20, posted at 27.11.08 15:40:30 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : Gysbert

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.11.08 15:58:31 by PJLD Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) :

    I still find the irony in a Bulls fan (born and bred) running a sharks appreciation blog amusing… 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.11.08 16:00:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 22) : hey watchit you…

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.11.08 16:02:57 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Yuo gonna moer me? 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.11.08 16:11:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 24) : I doubt I could catch you…

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.11.08 16:14:06 by robdylan Reply
  • At first glance I read ”
    Bulls call on fans for silence in S14″

    Eish the only thing more unbelievable than that would be if it was Newlands… time to up my morning dosage of Ceylon’s best…

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.11.08 01:20:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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