City Hails Success of Brisbane Global Rugby Tens
By Brisbane Brisbane Global Tens
The inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens has been rated as a success both on and off the Suncorp Stadium pitch.
Brisbane's Lords Mayor Graham Quirk hailed the arrival of an exciting new event for the city's calendar.
"We witnessed the pinnacle of global rugby union complemented by Brisbane's famous friendly hospitality and lively entertainment precincts," Cr Quirk said.
"The inaugural Tens tournament has reinforced our reputation as a world class events city."
With two day ticket sales for the groundbreaking event topping 29,000, a live audience of close to 60,000 was able to check out the action at Suncorp Stadium over the weekend. Peak attendance (the highest number of ticket holders inside the stadium at any one point) occurred on Saturday afternoon, when over 24,000 ticket holders packed into the shaded side of the stadium.
"Considering the extreme weather over the weekend we were delighted with the turnout," Duco Events Australia chief executive Rachael Carroll said.
"Thanks to the incredible efforts of our event staff, the tournament ran smoothly and the spectator experience was unaffected by temperatures that were significantly higher than the norm for Brisbane at this time of year.
"From the Panasonic Wild Knights' thrilling performances on Day One through to the Chiefs' unstoppable run to the title on Day Two, the sporting entertainment on display was truly captivating. The fans were treated to two incredible days of rugby and the feedback that we had from the participating teams was that they hugely enjoyed the experience both on and off the field."
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens was a signature addition to Tourism and Events Queensland's $A460 million major events calendar.
“This exciting new event has been a real celebration of world-class rugby in a world-class stadium, showcasing Queensland to a global audience,” Ms Jones said.
“This competition, with its carnival atmosphere, has provided a fantastic experience for rugby fans in its first year attracting thousands of interstate and international visitors.
“We expect Rugby Tens will continue to grow from strength to strength and help to reinforce Queensland’s reputation as a premier event destination.”
New Zealand Super Rugby team The Chiefs were crowned champions of the 2017 tournament, defeating the Crusaders 12-5 in a thrilling final at Suncorp Stadium to etch their name in history.
The Chiefs overcame an early 5-0 deficit to produce a fitting tribute for Sione Lauaki, the former All Black and Chief who passed away overnight at the age of 35.
"We lost a brother today but we just kept on fighting and did what we had to do," Chiefs captain Liam Messam said.
Shaun Stevenson was named MVP of the final and also claimed the Chris Latham trophy for being the tournament's top try scorer.
Queensland Reds wildcard Radike Samo's massive hit on All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu on day one saw him awarded the trophy for producing the tournament's outstanding defensive play.
The award will now be named the "Radike Samo Best Defensive Play Award".
For more on the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens visit www.brisbaneglobaltens.com