NRL tips good crowds

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THE NRL in­sists it isn’t con­cerned that Par­ra­matta’s fi­nals elim­i­na­tion could hurt crowd fig­ures in this week­end’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals.

The league scored a rare win over the AFL on Satur­day night, af­ter NRL crowds out­did their AFL coun­ter­parts by more than 9000 peo­ple across the codes’ semi-fi­nals week­end.

It was in stark con­trast to the pre­vi­ous week’s fi­nals where the AFL’s fig­ure was three times that of the NRL’s.

This NRL’s rise was head­lined by the 41,287 fans who at­tended Par­ra­matta’s loss to North Queens­land on Satur­day night at ANZ Sta­dium, the high­est Syd­ney crowd for an in­ter­state team — out­side of grand fi­nals — in more than a decade.

That fig­ure dwarfed the pal­try turn out just down the road at Spot­less Sta­dium as just 14,865 fans came to watch GWS flog the West Coast Ea­gles for the AFL’s low­est fi­nals crowd since World War I.

But Par­ra­matta’s loss to the Cow­boys could po­ten­tially have cost the league a shot at two sell­outs this week­end.

Al­lianz Sta­dium’s 45,000 seats would likely have been full if they qual­i­fied to play the Syd­ney Roost­ers this week.

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