All Blacks win a night to remember

01:52, Jun 25 2012
GREEN MACHINE: Entertainment at the pre-match fan zone at Hamilton's Centre Place included footy, face painting and Irish music
GREEN MACHINE: Entertainment at the pre-match fan zone at Hamilton's Centre Place included footy, face painting and Irish music.
WAR PAINT: Rugby fans show their allegiance in the crowd.
WAR PAINT: Rugby fans show their allegiance in the crowd.
TRUE COLOURS: All Blacks fans had plenty to celebrate at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.
TRUE COLOURS: All Blacks fans had plenty to celebrate at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.
CHEER SQUAD:  Vocal All Blacks fans get into the rugby spirit.
CHEER SQUAD: Vocal All Blacks fans get into the rugby spirit.
DUAL SUPPORTERS: Hamilton twins Aliesha and Holly Jamison, 2, had a foot in both camps with Irish jerseys teamed with black pants and balloons.
DUAL SUPPORTERS: Hamilton twins Aliesha and Holly Jamison, 2, had a foot in both camps with Irish jerseys teamed with black pants and balloons.
SMILING IRISH EYES: Roisin Mooney chose a dramatic look to show her allegiance to Ireland.
SMILING IRISH EYES: Roisin Mooney chose a dramatic look to show her allegiance to Ireland.
GOING GLOBAL: French tourists Laurine Maignant and Sam Boggio show their true colours as they paint their faces black in Garden Place.
GOING GLOBAL: French tourists Laurine Maignant and Sam Boggio show their true colours as they paint their faces black in Garden Place.
STAUNCH SUPPORTERS: Friends Tayla Pomana, Kaya Lord and Olivia Eden are all painted up and ready to go ahead of Saturday night's test.
STAUNCH SUPPORTERS: Friends Tayla Pomana, Kaya Lord and Olivia Eden are all painted up and ready to go ahead of Saturday night's test.
PIPE DOWN: An Irish leprechaun, aka Anne Ferrier-Watson, showed that the Irish can even play rugby wearing a suit and smokin, in Garden Place.
PIPE DOWN: An Irish leprechaun, aka Anne Ferrier-Watson, showed that the Irish can even play rugby wearing a suit and smokin, in Garden Place.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
The All Blacks Haka.
The All Blacks Haka.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie (centre) at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie (centre) at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.

The All Blacks weren't the only ones breaking records on Saturday night as thirsty rugby fans ensured most Hamilton bars chalked up their best night of the year.

Lawrenson Group spokesman John Lawrenson said the night's takings from their 12 bars smashed the tally recorded during Saturday night during the V8 Supercars and was the biggest of the year "by a long way".

"We had five bars do record nights and every bar performed very well. The Bank had its best night since I've owned it."

Sonny Bill Williams scores his second try.
Sonny Bill Williams scores his second try.
Sonny Bill Williams scores his second try.
Sonny Bill Williams scores his second try.
IN WITH A GRIN: Sonny Bill Williams on way to scoring his first try.
IN WITH A GRIN: Sonny Bill Williams on way to scoring his first try.
Sonny Bill Williams on way to scoring his first try.
Sonny Bill Williams on way to scoring his first try.
 Aaron Cruden picks up a loose ball leading to a Ben Smith try.
Aaron Cruden picks up a loose ball leading to a Ben Smith try.
Sam Cane in action during the third test in Hamilton.
Sam Cane in action during the third test in Hamilton.
Beauden Barrett in action during the third test in Hamilton.
Beauden Barrett in action during the third test in Hamilton.
Replacement Adam Thomson beats Ronan O'Gara to score.
Replacement Adam Thomson beats Ronan O'Gara to score.
Richie McCaw in the third test against Ireland at the Waikato Stadium.
Richie McCaw in the third test against Ireland at the Waikato Stadium.
Israel Dagg celebrates after scoring a try.
Israel Dagg celebrates after scoring a try.
Israel Dagg scoring.
Israel Dagg scoring.
Israel Dagg misses the ball.
Israel Dagg misses the ball.
Israel Dagg scoring.
Israel Dagg scoring.
Liam Messam celebrates after scoring a try.
Liam Messam celebrates after scoring a try.
Liam Messam scoring a try.
Liam Messam scoring a try.
Cian Healy is not able to stop Liam Messam from scoring a try.
Cian Healy is not able to stop Liam Messam from scoring a try.
Liam Messam on his way to scoring a try.
Liam Messam on his way to scoring a try.
Waikato Stadium before the start of the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Waikato Stadium before the start of the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Sonny Bill Williams signs Craig Hancock's shirt
Sonny Bill Williams signs Craig Hancock's shirt.
Irish players look on as the All Blacks do the haka.
Irish players look on as the All Blacks do the haka.
Hosea Gear takes the high ball as Fergus McFadden approaches in from the left.
Hosea Gear takes the high ball as Fergus McFadden approaches in from the left.
Liam Messam is tackled by Kevin McLaughlin.
Liam Messam is tackled by Kevin McLaughlin.
Liam Messam turns to look at  Kevin McLaughlin.
Liam Messam turns to look at Kevin McLaughlin.
Brodie Retallick takes a high ball.
Brodie Retallick takes a high ball.
 Rob Kearney and  Richie McCaw compete for the ball.
Rob Kearney and Richie McCaw compete for the ball.
Aaron Smith gets a Irish boot to the head.
Aaron Smith gets a Irish boot to the head.
Sonny Bill Williams makes a pass after being tackled by Keith Earls.
Sonny Bill Williams makes a pass after being tackled by Keith Earls.
Sonny Bill Williams scoring a try.
Sonny Bill Williams scoring a try.
Same Cane scoring a try.
Same Cane scoring a try.
All Blacks do the haka.
All Blacks do the haka.
Sonny Bill Williams trade off pass.
Sonny Bill Williams trade off pass.
Peter O'Mahony attempts to tackle Sonny Bill Williams.
Peter O'Mahony attempts to tackle Sonny Bill Williams.
Richie McCaw leads the All Blacks.
Richie McCaw leads the All Blacks.
Brian O'Driscoll leading the Irish team.
Brian O'Driscoll leading the Irish team.
Fireworks at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
Fireworks at the Waikato Stadium during the third test between the All Blacks and Ireland.
All Blacks sing the national anthem before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks sing the national anthem before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks haka before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks haka before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks before the start of the third test against Ireland.
All Blacks before the start of the third test against Ireland.
Richie McCaw in the thick of it during the third test against Ireland at the Waikato Stadium.
Richie McCaw in the thick of it during the third test against Ireland at the Waikato Stadium.

Irish bar Shenanigans was slightly less profitable than St Patrick's Day.

"At 3am we had so many people waiting to get into pubs it was absolutely ridiculous. At Keystone there was standing room only at 9.30pm. Literally, we couldn't get anybody else in the building and it was pretty much like that until 3am."

Mr Lawrenson said it smashed the V8s weekend in April.

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"Keystone would have done $20,000 more than it did on the Saturday of V8s; Shenanigans would have been $10,000 more.

"Myself and second in charge were running all night trying to keep bars from running out of stock."

The only major incident Mr Lawrenson knew of was an aggressive Hamilton man who looked to have been taking a few too many "roids at the gym".

"He didn't like being told that he was too intoxicated to come into one of our bars and he had to be restrained by three or four people. The cops were involved."

There were no problems with the Irish fans, he said.

Fans were also "well behaved" at the sell-out match – unlike the preceding weekend's test in Christchurch.

That nail-biting victory against Ireland was marred by five arrests, 16 evictions from AMI Stadium and up to 30 heavily intoxicated spectators who were turned away before the game began.

In Hamilton it was the All Blacks' intoxicating form that left the Irish players swaying on the pitch underneath a 60-0 score. Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend said there was one arrest at Waikato Stadium, probably for a pitch invasion after the final whistle.

Post-match celebrations were less stellar, yet Mr Friend said it was similar to a typical Saturday night.

"There were 30 people arrested and almost all for the breach of liquor ban and some for detox," he said.

"There was only one person brought in for disorderly behaviour all night – that's right across the city so how many of those were for domestics and the like, I'm not sure."

Waikato Hospital's emergency department took 20 drunk people into care overnight on Saturday. Spokeswoman Mary Anne Gill said those patients ranged in age from 16 into their 50s.

"At 5am [on Sunday] there were still eight intoxicated patients in the department. Also several came in with facial lacerations from scuffles and two with fractured jaws were admitted to ward seven."

But general behaviour was good, she said, as the intoxicated folk were too tired to be aggressive or abusive to staff.

There were also long waits for all other patients due to the number of trauma patients going through the resuscitation rooms.

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