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WHY SUCH A SMALL ARMS PARK CROWD? THE BIG DEBRIEF.

The critics, many of them so-called armchair warriors you suspect, claim non-televised matches kicking off at 2.30pm on a Saturday afternoon was bound to result in bumper crowds. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Apart from the hard-core followers of the Blues, who deserve praise for their unstinting support, you have to question the appetite of the casual watcher. People will claim in retrospect that French Top 14 high-flyers Grenoble only started with three of the team which beat Brive in the league a week earlier but I doubt many knew that before kick-off. What this figure showed, as did afternoon Euro matches against English opposition at the other regions last season, is the prime driver for bringing people through the gate is success.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 20, 2014
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