Ranfurly Shield arrives in Hamilton

Last updated 15:14 04/10/2012
MIKE SCOTT/Waikato Times

The iconic Ranfurly Shield arrives in Hamilton after the Waikato rugby team demolished Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.

Ranfurly Shield parade
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Mooloo fans gathered to show their support for the team.

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Hundred of cow bells rung out as the Mooloos pulled in to Waikato Stadium this afternoon to be met by around 200 proud fans.

The boys, looking pretty relaxed, greeted the crowd with their rendition of the Mooloo fan song.

The team’s youngest fans were the most excited, glad the Shield win came during the school holidays.

They lined up to get autographs from their favourite players and told the payers how proud they were of them. Hamilton City Councillor Peter Bos was among the group and said he couldn’t have been more proud.

‘‘You’ve made a lot of people happy,‘‘ he told the team.

Coach Chris Gibbs was tearing up with pride as he spoke, saying the boys were "outstanding" and he was incredibly proud. He managed a hearty "Go Waikato" and left the rest to the team.

Captain Alex Bradley was stoked to see all the support and as the crowd sang the Mooloo song  for the fifth or sixth time, yelling out the score like an 'amen', he thanked them on behalf of the team.

"It's geat to see you all here, and from the boys, we'd like to thank you for your support. It's great to hear those bells ringing and see the colours out there.

"Do it again boys, that's all we've got to do, play our game, go out there and show them what we've got". 

One fan, Kylee McLean said: "Ranfurly Shield rugby is about the shield, it's about getting out there on the day and playing and that’s what our boys did last night, they just didn't lie down and take it, they got up and gave it to them. Good on the boys."

Another fan Wayne Albiston was confident about the upcoming Hawke's Bay challenge.

"Hawke's Bay, if you think you're coming up here to take it away from us, wait 'till  the cowbells start ringing here at Rugby Park on Saturday week and we will show you how we can do it twice in a row."

The Waikato team took the shield from Taranaki in a 46-10 win last night.

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