Lost the game, bring out the undies

Wainui fan 'pays up' for cup defeat

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 14:31 04/08/2014
Fairfax NZ

Ati Aaifou-Olive runs down Maragaret St, Lower Hutt in his undies after he lost a bet with a friend around who would win the Jubilee Cup final.

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SO CLOSE YET SO FAR: Wainui skipper Greg Lealofi cuts a disconsolate figure at full time.

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It's not everyday you see a guy running in his undies in Lower Hutt - and thankfully for Ati Aaifou-Olive, it was a one-off bet - unless he loses again next year.

Workmates Aaifou-Olive and Josh Galuszka were each so confident their side was going to take out yesterday's Jubilee Cup final that they agreed the loser would walk down Margaret St in Lower Hutt in just their undies.

Galuszka, a Hutt Old Boys Marist fan, also had the joy of watching Aaifou-Olive, a Wainuiomata supporter, carrying  a sign supporting his team.

The midday spectacle attracted more than 60 people, including the winning HOBM rugby team (some the worse for wear after celebrating throughout the night) and their coaches.

Coach Matt Lee said it was all in good taste and all part of the rivalry between the clubs.

''These two characters are what true home-grown rugby fans are all about,'' he said.

Marist player Nick Ridson said it was all good fun and showed the close intergration of fans from both clubs, who all knew each other well.

Aaifou-Olive, who said he was not embarrassed to be flashing his flesh, kept the cheering crowd entertained. He even stopped in the middle of the road (while the crossing lights were green) to do some press-ups.

''It was good to finish the final on a fun note. Hopefully next year it will be someone else,'' he said.

His wife, Charlie Aaifou-Olive, was proud of her man - even though she did not know about the bet until she read it in The Dominion Post on Saturday.

> Match report, photos: HOBM beat Wainuiomata 14-11 in the final.

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