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    Fans cost Newlands NZ Tests

    2013-04-03 12:30
    Cape Town - Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) president Thelo Wakefield says the behaviour of Cape-based New Zealand supporters is one of the reasons why the South African Rugby Union (SARU) is reluctant to stage Tests between the Springboks and All Blacks at Newlands.

    Wakefield confirmed to Wednesday's Cape Times that the Union had received a letter from SARU stating "enough is enough" following several unsavoury incidents between Stormers and Crusaders fans during last Saturday's Super Rugby clash at Newlands.

    Wakefield confirmed to the newspaper that "he knows" SARU has not scheduled a Test between the Boks and All Blacks at Newlands since 2008 due to the hostile environment between the respective groups of supporters.

    "It makes it tougher and tougher to get the All Blacks to play in Cape Town. I am losing the battle at SARU to convince the executive to play the All Blacks Test in Cape Town. I think all these incidents at Stormers-Crusaders games are the major reason why Saru takes the All Blacks rather to Port Elizabeth or up north," Wakefield was quoted as saying.

    Wakefield added that Newlands was fast becoming "Boolands" with fans booing while visiting kickers took aim at goal as well as when teams arrived by bus at the stadium.



    Newlands' "Cape All Blacks" fans (Gallo Images)

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