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Last updated 09:56 27/07/2012
BATTLE REGALIA: Peter Cumming and Janice Cumming are ready for the semifinal tonight.
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BATTLE REGALIA: Peter Cumming and Janice Cumming are ready for the semifinal tonight.

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Peter and Janice Cumming don’t just wear their Chiefs mana on their sleeve - it’s pretty much a head to toe look for them.

The Pirongia dairy farmers will be at tonight’s big game, but the gummies and Swannis will be swapped for something a little more fitting of the Chiefs’ most diehard supporters.

‘‘It will be full battle regalia for us,’’ Mr Cumming said.

‘‘That’s Chiefs jersey, socks, scarf, flags, and, of course, my lucky red, black and yellow wig.’’

The season ticket holders will be two of more than 20,000 or so Chiefs fans at Waikato Stadium to cheer on the team.

If they knock over the Crusaders they will book a spot in the Superugby final, and Waikato sporting history.

About 3000 tickets are left for tonight's game, scattered across all areas of Waikato Stadium.

The Cummings joined a small, but reportedly vocal, crowd of Chiefs supporters back in 2009 when they were farewelled from the stadium in the early hours of the morning, en route to the airport and their finals showdown with the Sharks.

"We’ll be right here when they come home as champions," Mr Cumming said at the time, adding he was heading back to bed for a little while, then up to shift some cows.

That loss, and the passage of time, has done little to dampen his belief that this year it is our turn to win.

‘‘Oh, we will win, no question about that.’’

And by how much?

‘‘Oh, that doesn’t matter, I don’t care if it’s one point or 21 points, the main thing is that we will have more on the board than them.’’

If the Chiefs do win, it will be back to the farm with friends and fellow supporters for a ‘‘few’’ celebratory drinks, he said.

‘‘What time do we have to get up the next morning? As late as possible.’’


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