Ranfurly Shield arrives in Hamilton
James Mortimer 05 Oct 2012 Getty Images
Not only were the cow bells ringing at the stadium, but dozens crammed into the changing rooms as the impromptu anthem "Mooloo. Ole! Ole! Ole!" rang out to the point that more than one Waikato supporter was barely croaking out the words towards the end.
Waikato captain Alex Bradley said the side was overwhelmed by the support, while former Waikato players like Deon Muir were on hand, as the crowd slowly grew as word spread that the new Ranfurly Shield holders were in town.
It completes what is a rare trifecta, with the region now claiming the Investec Super Rugby Championship and the Shield, while the Magic are also still the toast of the town.
Waikato will play Counties-Manukau next in the ITM Cup, before playing their solitary defence of the season against Hawke's Bay, which if successfully negotiated, will see the Log o'Wood remain in Hamilton over the summer.
Most popular News:
Day One wrap: #WRWC201402.Aug.2014
Evans and Black Ferns happy to get underway02.Aug.2014
Black Ferns win the opening match of #WRWC201402.Aug.2014
Preview: Black Ferns v Kazakhstan01.Aug.2014
Hear what we've been up to: All Blacks Soundcloud this week01.Aug.2014
Six rounds confirmed for 2014/2015 Women's Sevens World Series01.Aug.2014