Sharks' fans plan to silence cowbells

Sharks' "beast" is going to roar

ROBYN PATERSON
Last updated 11:03 03/08/2012
SHARK ATTACK: Sharks supporters Gustav van Rooyen, left, and Lizelle Bierman practice their cheers prior to the upcoming final at Waikato Stadium.
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SHARK ATTACK: Sharks supporters Gustav van Rooyen, left, and Lizelle Bierman practice their cheers prior to the upcoming final at Waikato Stadium.

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The Sharks' "beast" is going to roar, and it could be loud enough to drown out the cowbells.

Waikato students and ex-pat South Africans Gustav Van Rooyen and Lizelle Bierman missed out on tickets to tomorrow night's Super Rugby final but plan on being down in Garden Place and yelling loudly enough to “drown out the cow bells” as they support their team.

Van Rooyen, spent an hour and a half online on Wednesday but failed to secure tickets before they all sold out.

“I was gutted when all the tickets sold but a fanzone will be a lot of fun and I've got friends who didn't get tickets either so we'll all go down to the fanzone together,” said Van Rooyen.

Lizelle Bierman, originally from Cape Town, also missed out on tickets but says she plans to scream until she loses her voice.

“This is a big game, we're going to really go for it,” she said.

Despite Van Rooyen having lived in New Zealand for six years and Bierman for two, their allegiance still lies with South Africa.

“When there's a game on back home, even if it's 3am here, my mom will be sending messages with score updates,” said Bierman. “When the Chiefs play, you support the Chiefs. But when the Sharks play, you always support the Sharks,” Van Rooyen said.

“Even though they can't hear me, I know they can hear me,” she said.

“They know we're shouting.”

Van Rooyen is hoping that all the South African supporters who missed out on tickets will come together to support the visiting team.

“They need our support but I think the Sharks are going to surprise everyone.”

Bierman agrees. “We're just going to take a whole lot of enthusiasm and passion,” she said.

“The beast is going to roar.”

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