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After an intensive 20 rounds of Super Rugby, we have reached the point of no return. With just four teams remaining we look ahead to this weekend’s semi-finals as they battle it out to be crowned Investec Super Rugby Champs 2018. It’s all so exciting, the build up, the banter and of course throwing your support to any team playing the Ozzies!
At the end of the day, irrespective of which team wins, rugby is the overall winner… Well, it is if your under the age of five. See, I’d like to think at the end of the day, humble supporters like you and I is what makes rugby so great (cue in patriot soundtrack).
Over the last 2 years, I’ve had the privilege of hosting a Super Rugby Sweepstake between friends and work collages. Last year we started with 19 participants and grew to 38 this year. Each individual will start off with the team they support and will select the winning team and margin from one game to the next throughout the season. This makes for an interesting Monday and creates the good old “friendly banter”. Its a great way to keep in touch too, and building relationships. As the season goes on the friendly banter forms close bonds between fellow comrades. Let’s use me as an example. I am a faithful Hurricane supporter (others would probably use the term ‘die-hard’ or ‘fanatic’) naturally I would gravitate to other fellow Hurricane supporters. My wife aka ‘anticanes’ (her sweepstake name) is somewhat of a mediocre Auckland Blues “fan”, you can’t really fault her wavering support given the seasons the Blues have had.
This led me to think about all the different type of supporters I’ve had to date in hosting Super Rugby Picks and thought that I would touch on 4 common Super Rugby Fan traits.
No. 4 – The Bench warmers: These are fans that don’t really know the names of any of the players let alone the name of the team they’re supporting but they support them because Blue is their favorite color. They keep the seats warm by being there and contribute nothing but positive vibes for whatever team is winning.
No. 3 – Bandwagon fans: Day1 Warriors supporters … need I say more!
No. 2 – The Eternal Optimists: These fans take a very strengths based approach to Rugby by convincing themselves that after 5 seasons of being at the bottom of the overall table they will make a miraculous comeback. Next year turns 3 years and next minute your franchise haven’t won a title since the days of Sean Fitzpatrick. Moving along, we come to our loyal
No. 1- Die Hard / No retreat, no surrender fans: Their commitment levels are through the roof and fans will generally take about a week to recover if their team looses. These fans immediately turn into professional referee, TMO and commentators overnight. If you happen to find yourself in the same venue supporting the opposing team, these fans are the ones that you love to hate. Real die-hard fanatical fans.
So, if you find yourself in the local pub or sitting in front of the tele watching the Super Rugby semi-finals make sure you keep an eye out to see if you can spot some of these common fan traits.
For now, from one die-hard Hurricane fan to another… GO WELL BOYS, CANES UP!

Submitted by Graeme Luatutu | Graphic Designer, PDC Mt Eden