Fans ecstatic after convincing Chiefs victory

Chiefs celebrate after winning the Super Rugby championship.
Chiefs celebrate after winning the Super Rugby championship.
Chiefs celebrate after winning the Super Rugby championship.
Chiefs celebrate after winning the Super Rugby championship.
Aaron Cruden takes the kick in the second half.
Aaron Cruden takes the kick in the second half.
Sonny Bill Williams left dodges Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Sonny Bill Williams left dodges Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Sonny Bill Williams left dodges Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Sonny Bill Williams left dodges Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Aaron Cruden left comes in to block the kick of Sharks first-five Frederic Michalak.
Aaron Cruden left comes in to block the kick of Sharks first-five Frederic Michalak.
Chiefs right wing Tim Nanai-Williams comes in to intercept Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Chiefs right wing Tim Nanai-Williams comes in to intercept Sharks left wing Lwazi Mvovo.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Action from the Super Rugby final at the Waikato Stadium.
Chiefs fans get ready for action at the Waikato Stadium
Chiefs fans get ready for action at the Waikato Stadium
Sharks fans at the Waikato Stadium.
Sharks fans at the Waikato Stadium.
Lelia Masaga on the ground before the start of the Super Rugby final.
Lelia Masaga on the ground before the start of the Super Rugby final.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium before the Super Rugby final between Chiefs and Sharks.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium before the Super Rugby final between Chiefs and Sharks.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium before the Super Rugby final between Chiefs and Sharks.
Fans at the Waikato Stadium before the Super Rugby final between Chiefs and Sharks.
Fans take out their umbrellas as rain pours down before the Super Rugby final at Waikato Stadium
Fans take out their umbrellas as rain pours down before the Super Rugby final at Waikato Stadium
Brian Martin makes a balloon hat for Issac Storm in the Garden Place fan zone.
Brian Martin makes a balloon hat for Issac Storm in the Garden Place fan zone.
Jason Gage-Brown, 7,  and Cody Baker, 8, play touch in the Garden Place fan zone before the Super Rugby final.
Jason Gage-Brown, 7, and Cody Baker, 8, play touch in the Garden Place fan zone before the Super Rugby final.
Lily Turner, 3, plays touch in the Garden Place fan zone.
Lily Turner, 3, plays touch in the Garden Place fan zone.
Jason Hina and Charmaine Anderson get ready to cheer for the Chiefs.
Jason Hina and Charmaine Anderson get ready to cheer for the Chiefs.
Emma Ferry-Parker, Melanie Hendricks, Dylan Mahaffey and Fiona Jamieson in the Garden Place fan zone.
Emma Ferry-Parker, Melanie Hendricks, Dylan Mahaffey and Fiona Jamieson in the Garden Place fan zone.
Creaghie Beere, the human statue, gets ready for the kick off.
Creaghie Beere, the human statue, gets ready for the kick off.

Thousands of rapturous Chiefs fans are expected to pack Hamilton's main street for a parade today as the city celebrates its Super Rugby champions.

And after watching the home-side devour the Sharks in front of a sellout crowd at Waikato Stadium, today's parade might also be the last chance for fans to glimpse departing players such as Sonny Bill Williams.

The occasion will not be lost on Williams who told the Waikato Times his post-try leap into the crowd was a "thank you" to the fans.

Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.
Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
Sam Cane gets a high ball.
Sam Cane gets a high ball.
Israel Dagg takes a high ball in front of Aaron Cruden.
Israel Dagg takes a high ball in front of Aaron Cruden.
Sonny Bill Williams scores his second half try.
Sonny Bill Williams scores his second half try.
Owen Franks tackles Brodie Retallick as he scores his first half try.
Owen Franks tackles Brodie Retallick as he scores his first half try.
Richie McCaw comes in to tackle Sona Taumalolo.
Richie McCaw comes in to tackle Sona Taumalolo.
Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Sonny Bill Williams.
Highlanders players lie gutted on the ground after losing to the Chiefs 21-27.
Highlanders players lie gutted on the ground after losing to the Chiefs 21-27.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma chases the ball.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma chases the ball.
Sonny Bill Williams tackles Francis Saili.
Sonny Bill Williams tackles Francis Saili.
Blues player Francis Saili is tackled by Chiefs player Sona Taumalolo.
Blues player Francis Saili is tackled by Chiefs player Sona Taumalolo.
Chiefs and Blues players have a group hug at North Harbour Stadium.
Chiefs and Blues players have a group hug at North Harbour Stadium.
Aaron Cruden in action against the Bulls.
Aaron Cruden in action against the Bulls.
Sam Cane celebrates his try against the Bulls.
Sam Cane celebrates his try against the Bulls.
Sonny Bill Williams makes a breakaway in the Chiefs win over the Bulls.
Sonny Bill Williams makes a breakaway in the Chiefs win over the Bulls.
Chiefs left wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma dives over for a try against the Bulls.
Chiefs left wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma dives over for a try against the Bulls.
Aaron Cruden of the Cheifs makes a break past Jake Schatz of the Reds.
Aaron Cruden of the Cheifs makes a break past Jake Schatz of the Reds.
Richard Kahui of the Chiefs is treated after being injured against the Reds.
Richard Kahui of the Chiefs is treated after being injured against the Reds.
Jake Schatz of the Reds is tackled by Chiefs players.
Jake Schatz of the Reds is tackled by Chiefs players.
Will Genia of the Reds celebrates with team mates after scoring against the Chiefs.
Will Genia of the Reds celebrates with team mates after scoring against the Chiefs.
Mike Harris of the Reds passes against the Chiefs.
Mike Harris of the Reds passes against the Chiefs.
Jake Schatz of the Reds is tackled against the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium.
Jake Schatz of the Reds is tackled against the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium.
Chiefs wing Lelia Masaga is tackled by Lions wing Lionel Mapoe and fullback Andries Coetzee.
Chiefs wing Lelia Masaga is tackled by Lions wing Lionel Mapoe and fullback Andries Coetzee.
Chiefs first five-eighth Aaron Cruden avoids the tackles of Lions fullback Andries Coetzee.
Chiefs first five-eighth Aaron Cruden avoids the tackles of Lions fullback Andries Coetzee.
Chiefs captain Craig Clarke drives over to score.
Chiefs captain Craig Clarke drives over to score.
Chiefs halfback Brendon Leonard is tackled by Lions No8 Joshua Strauss.
Chiefs halfback Brendon Leonard is tackled by Lions No8 Joshua Strauss.
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna reacts to the try of captain Craig Clarke.
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna reacts to the try of captain Craig Clarke.
Chiefs second five-eighth Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Lions No8 Joshua Strauss.
Chiefs second five-eighth Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Lions No8 Joshua Strauss.
Chiefs' hooker Hika Elliot makes a charge down field.
Chiefs' hooker Hika Elliot makes a charge down field.
Chiefs' second-five eighth Sony Bill Williams attempts to offload in the tackle.
Chiefs' second-five eighth Sony Bill Williams attempts to offload in the tackle.
Chiefs' players pay tribute to Sir Fred Allen prior to their game against the Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium.
Chiefs' players pay tribute to Sir Fred Allen prior to their game against the Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium.
Charl Mcleod of the Sharks looks to tackle Alex Bradley at Mr Price Kings Park.
Charl Mcleod of the Sharks looks to tackle Alex Bradley at Mr Price Kings Park.
Sonny Bill Williams in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Sonny Bill Williams in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Alex Bradley in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Alex Bradley in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
Craig Clarke, centre, of the Chiefs is tackled by Robert Ebersohn of the Cheetahs.
Craig Clarke, centre, of the Chiefs is tackled by Robert Ebersohn of the Cheetahs.
Hennie Daniller of the Cheetahs is tackled by the Chiefs.
Hennie Daniller of the Cheetahs is tackled by the Chiefs.
Richard Kahui of the Chiefs in action against the Cheetahs.
Richard Kahui of the Chiefs in action against the Cheetahs.
Piet van Zyl of the Cheetahs mid flight while playing the Chiefs.
Piet van Zyl of the Cheetahs mid flight while playing the Chiefs.
Sonny Bill Williams charges at the Force defence in Perth.
Sonny Bill Williams charges at the Force defence in Perth.
A tough man to bring down, Sona Taumalolo carries a Force player on his back.
A tough man to bring down, Sona Taumalolo carries a Force player on his back.
Chiefs wing Lelia Masaga performs 'The Dougie' after scoring against the Force.
Chiefs wing Lelia Masaga performs 'The Dougie' after scoring against the Force.
Richard Kahui runs clear of Winston Stanley at nib Stadium.
Richard Kahui runs clear of Winston Stanley at nib Stadium.
Arizona Taumalolo scores a try against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Arizona Taumalolo scores a try against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Chiefs players celebrate after Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Chiefs players celebrate after Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Tanerau Latimer on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
Tanerau Latimer on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
A bloody Liam Messam in action against the Brumbies.
A bloody Liam Messam in action against the Brumbies.
Sonny Bill Williams could command top dollar to secure a contract after his stint with the Chiefs.
Sonny Bill Williams could command top dollar to secure a contract after his stint with the Chiefs.
Robbie Robinson passes against the Brumbies.
Robbie Robinson passes against the Brumbies.
Richard Kahui on the charge against the Brumbies.
Richard Kahui on the charge against the Brumbies.
Liam Messam on the charge against the Brumbies.
Liam Messam on the charge against the Brumbies.
Aaron Cruden in action against the Brumbies.
Aaron Cruden in action against the Brumbies.
The Chiefs' Arizona Taumalolo celebrates with Brodie Retallick at the end of their match against the Crusaders.
The Chiefs' Arizona Taumalolo celebrates with Brodie Retallick at the end of their match against the Crusaders.
Hika Elliot, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, and Israel Dagg ham it up after their match at McLean Park.
Hika Elliot, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, and Israel Dagg ham it up after their match at McLean Park.
George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
Tim Nanai-Williams of the Chiefs picks up a loose ball under pressure from Israel Dagg of the Crusaders.
Tim Nanai-Williams of the Chiefs picks up a loose ball under pressure from Israel Dagg of the Crusaders.
Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
Chiefs players Andrew Horrell, Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden celebrate their victory over the Blues.
Chiefs players Andrew Horrell, Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden celebrate their victory over the Blues.
Chiefs centre Richard Kahui watches anxiously from the bench in the second half.
Chiefs centre Richard Kahui watches anxiously from the bench in the second half.
Piri Weepu and Jerome Kaino of the Blues chase down Aaron Cruden and the ball.
Piri Weepu and Jerome Kaino of the Blues chase down Aaron Cruden and the ball.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Aaron Cruden kicks for goal during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Aaron Cruden kicks for goal during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
Chiefs fullback Tim Nanai-Williams eludes the desperate dive of Blues halfback Alby Mathewson.
Chiefs fullback Tim Nanai-Williams eludes the desperate dive of Blues halfback Alby Mathewson.
Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
Sonny Bill Williams  jumps above Josh Bekhuis.
Sonny Bill Williams jumps above Josh Bekhuis.
Chris Noakes comes in to tackle  Fritz Lee.
Chris Noakes comes in to tackle Fritz Lee.
Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.
Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.

"That just showed my gratitude for the fans that have really embraced me in Hamilton," he said.

Today's parade will start at 12.30pm and travel along Victoria St, starting at Knox St and finishing at Garden Place.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker said an official presentation would follow at Garden Place to mark the Chiefs' stellar season.

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"It's really an opportunity to acknowledge the great things the Chiefs have done for the city and the region."

Ms Hardaker said the Chiefs' win, together with the success of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic and the performances of the Waikato-based Olympians, showed the Waikato was a great place to live.

"We're winners here and all this sporting success adds to this feeling. The success of our region is absolutely phenomenal and it just demonstrates that this is an exceptional place."

HEROES: Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, after beating  the Sharks in front of a sellout crowd at Waikato Stadium.
HEROES: Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, after beating the Sharks in front of a sellout crowd at Waikato Stadium.

Speaking from London, Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston told the Times a street parade was also being planned to celebrate the region's Waikato-based Olympians after the games.

Mr Livingston, who is visiting his son Andrew in London, said the Chiefs' win was big news.

"I know a lot of people were getting updates on the score throughout the match. It's an outstanding win for the Chiefs and it's a fantastic double for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty with the Magic also winning."

Mr Livingston said the region's sporting success would inspire young Waikato sportspeople to set high goals.

"I'm just so proud and humble to be a Cambridge, Waikato and New Zealand person seeing these athletes perform."

Today's celebrations follow a bumper weekend for Hamilton bars, with rugby fans pouring into the city on Saturday.

Phoenix Group director Darrel Hadley said despite fan-zone issues last week, the night was a great success for bars such as House on Hood and CBD.

House on Hood general manager Andrew Jones said by midnight the bar had poured "thousands of litres" of beer.

John Lawrenson, of the Lawrenson Group, which owns a string of city bars, said Saturday was one of the busiest nights on record.

"The city was on show at the weekend and I think it really delivered. The game itself was great, obviously, and everyone afterwards was just so happy and positive. Had the Chiefs lost, no doubt it would have been different, but it wasn't the case. I'd be very surprised if you could find anybody with anything to complain about."

Mr Lawrenson said about 300 people turned up to watch the game on a big screen at the Garden Place fanzone.

Acting Hamilton city area commander Inspector John Kelly said police were pleased with fan behaviour at the stadium, with only a few people ejected from the ground.

Police Sergeant Geoff Blow said police made 39 arrests in the city between 10pm Saturday and 5am, compared to about 30 on a typical Saturday night.

"There were a lot of people in town and the mood was very good. Most people embraced the win and partied in the right mood."

The majority of arrests were for breaches of the liquor ban.

CHIEFS VICTORY PARADE

■ Super Rugby champions the Chiefs will have a victory parade through central Hamilton today, from 12.30pm.

■ The parade will start at Knox St and travel down Victoria St to Garden Place.

■ Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker said the parade was an opportunity for the city and region to celebrate the Chiefs.

Waikato Times