A pitch invasion, a lone male streaker and an aggressive
Southland supporter did not mar the rugby match against Otago
at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, the stadium operators
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd operations manager Coryn Huddy
said between 50 and 100 Southland supporters invaded the
pitch after Southland won.
''They were pretty happy about the win and wanted to venture
out and congratulate the players,'' Mr Huddy said.
The ''stadium protocol'' did not allow the public to walk on
the grass inside the stadium,''But they were pretty chirpy
that their team had won and wanted to get down a bit closer
and jumped the fence and trotted their way out,'' he said.
Security staff had to get the spectators away from the
players to ensure the presentations and broadcast went ahead
as planned ''with as little nuisance from the public'' as
At the end of the game, the police staff who usually
positioned themselves at the external gates were called to
come right into the stadium ''to make sure we had a presence
around the edge of the presentations''.
Earlier, two Southland supporters were escorted from the
stadium by police, the streaker, and another man, who was
''detained for showing a bit of aggression''.
Overall, the event had been a success, Mr Huddy said.
Sergeant Ben Butterfield, of Dunedin, said a 22-year-old
Southland man was given a formal warning for a minor assault
at the stadium.