Andy Burt is a Wellington-based writer for allblacks.com and co-host of the All Blacks Podcast. He covers all levels of the domestic game in New Zealand and monitors the international game closely.Read more exclusive columns
Brisbane Tens: A view from a punter in the stands
Andy Burt 15 Feb 2017 Getty Images
QUICK TAP: THE 2017 SUPER RUGBY SEASON LAUNCHES IN AUCKLAND
On television it didn’t look like many people were in the ground. But it was simply too hot to sit in the uncovered stands in the massive stadium with temperatures not dropping below 35 degrees on either day. The shaded areas of Suncorp were well populated and the concourse was constantly bustling with costumed fans enjoying the atmosphere and cooling off under one of the many ‘misting fans’ around the stadium.
Nuns, Teletubbies - our misting fans are keeping everyone cool at the #brisbanetens! pic.twitter.com/mkZdHXaMM1— Brisbane Global Tens (@BrisbaneTens) February 11, 2017The quality of play stepped up a notch on day two as the Crusaders, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders featured in the knock out stage.
There were some magical moments on day two. Jordie Barrett nailing a sideline drop goal to knock the Highlanders out in the quarterfinal was always going to be hard to beat for this Hurricanes fan. But the day belonged to the Chiefs. After a mixed day one, the news of Sione Lauaki’s passing inspired the Chiefs on day two. Liam Messam was a titan throughout the day as the Chiefs took out the Reds, Bulls and Crusaders on their way to lift the inaugural title.
Awesome celebrations from @ChiefsRugby! CONGRATULATIONS on being crowned inaugural #brisbanetens champions ?????? pic.twitter.com/jwEYLZH9LI— Brisbane Global Tens (@BrisbaneTens) February 12, 2017It was an emotional finish to an exciting two days of rugby. As 20,000 revellers poured out of the stadium I got the sense that most of them would like to come back again. I think I might join them. See you in 2018 Brisbane.
Andy Burt is the Digital Content Editor for AllBlacks.com
Sweaty times at the #BrisbaneTens this weekend. Now hoping the @Wellington_NZ summer has arrived by the time I get back?! ?????? pic.twitter.com/1aDcVmsrKm— Andy Burt (@AndyBurt2012) February 13, 2017