Bar revels in Beaver fever
Rugby World Cup celebrations kicked off all across the country on Sunday night but the party at Stephen Donald’s place carried on right throughout the long weekend.
Half an hour into the match against France, Donald made his first appearance in the 2011 Rugby World Cup much to the delight of his home town fans.
As the All Blacks dipped into their reserves bench and pulled out their fourth string first-five, Waiuku celebrated the coming of their first choice.
General manager of the Wolf and Beaver, which Donald coowns, David Oliver said the patrons couldn’t contain them- selves. The place erupted at the sight of the number 21 jersey running on to the field, even if said jersey was a tad tight.
‘‘You would have thought we were at Eden Park,’’ Mr Oliver said. ‘‘We all knew that he would get on especially with the kicking not going too well, he was there for a reason.’’
Close to 100 people chose to watch the game at the Waiuku bar and will remember, as will a nation, the part Donald played.
‘‘ It’s excellent for him, especially now before going to Bath but I guess they will be the ones that benefit, they have got someone who kicked the winning goal at the World Cup,’’ said Mr Oliver.
Those at the Wolf and Beaver are still celebrating the success of the All Blacks and everyone wants a piece of the action.
Mr Oliver said the place had been going off since the final.
‘‘It has been amazing, Waiuku and Counties have always supported him; on Monday people were queuing up just trying to get into the place.’’
The business is making the most of the respect it is receiving from the Beaver name and has had a huge number of patrons flock to Waiuku just to say they were there.
‘‘Today we are getting a group of Australians coming in before they fly back home just so that they can say they have been in his bar,’’ Mr Oliver said on Tuesday.