The world of Rugby League.

rleague.com

Fans flock to Headingley Carnegie for record breaking World Cup clash

Rugby League and sporting fans alike flocked to Headingley on Friday night to see World Champions New Zealand see off the challenge of Papua New Guinea and book their Quarter Final return to Headingley next Friday.
Fans flock to Headingley Carnegie for record breaking World Cup clash
by rleague.com

Rugby League and sporting fans alike flocked to Headingley Carnegie on Friday night to see World Champions New Zealand see off the challenge of Papua New Guinea and book their Quarter Final return to Headingley Carnegie next Friday.

The game created massive interest amongst sporting fans across West Yorkshire and the fans did not disappoint as a crowd of 18,180 was announced becoming the fifth highest of all time in the World Cup for a pool game not involving a host nation and the biggest in 45 years.

New Zealand took control of the game with Sonny Bill Williams scoring a hat trick to help his side to a 40-0 lead at the break however, backed by a vocal crowd cheering on the underdogs, Papua New Guinea fought their ground in the second half. They crossed for two tries, the pick of which came from Wellington Albert with two minutes to go which rounded off a memorable night. New Leeds signing Paul Aiton received a warm reception from his new supporters and speaking after the game he thanked the Leeds public, he commented, "It was an incredible atmosphere, it felt like there was 100,000 fans out there and that was something special. I can't wait until next season when I am playing in front of that every week, it will be something special."

So far this World Cup, a host of games have been sold out and the two biggest crowds for games not involving a host nation has seen over 14,000 at St Helens' Langtree Park last Saturday night for Australia v Fiji and over 13,000 at Warrington for New Zealand's first game against Samoa.

Headingley has got heritage in the World Cup as the only venue being used that has featured in all five previous World Cups in this country including hosting the Final in 1970 between Australia and Great Britain. That game posted the biggest ever crowd for a World Cup game at Headingley with 18,776, narrowly beating the visit of the Kiwis.

Tickets are on sale now for the World Cup Quarter Final between New Zealand and either Scotland and Italy. If Italy beat Tonga on Sunday at Halifax, they will face the World Champions, anything less and it will be the Scots facing the Haka. Tickets can be booked online 24 hours a day at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets plus fans will be able to pay at the turnstile on the night for ground entry, priced £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions.

Previous World Cup games at Headingley Carnegie:
18,776 Australia v Great Britain 1970 (Final)
18,180 New Zealand v Papua New Guinea 2013
15,405 England v Ireland 2000 (Quarter Final)
15,169 Great Britain v Australia 1970
14,041 England v South Africa 1995
10,842 England v France 1975
10,773 Australia v New Zealand 1960
10,052 England v Fiji 2000

Ten biggest attendances for a stand alone Pool game not involving a host nation:
50,077 France v Great Britain 1957 Sydney
22,142 France v New Zealand 1957 Brisbane
20,278 Australia v France 1960 Wigan
20,000 Australia v New Zealand 1954 Marseille
18,180 New Zealand v Papua New Guinea 2013 Headingley
15,760 France v Great Britain 1968 Auckland
15,145 England v New Zealand 2008 Newcastle, NSW
14,263 Great Britain v New Zealand 1957 Sydney
14,137 Australia v Fiji 2013 St Helens
14,105 Great Britain v New Zealand 1968 Sydney
14,000 Great Britain v New Zealand 1954 Bordeaux

Click Here for NZ v PNG Match Stats







Your thoughts?


You need to login or register to contribute here



Follow rleague.com on Facebook

Related Profiles

View profile pages including statistics, results, news, photos and more on all of the following...

Popular News Stories