Bar rev­els in Beaver fever

Franklin County News - - News - By MITCH HYDE

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.

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