Police praise Tongan and Lebanese fans for good behaviour after RLWC clash

Author
Jacqui Stanford,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 9:24PM
Tonga continue to make history at the Rugby League World Cup as they beat Lebanon 24-22 in their quarter-final in Christchurch. (Photo / Getty Images)
Tonga continue to make history at the Rugby League World Cup as they beat Lebanon 24-22 in their quarter-final in Christchurch. (Photo / Getty Images)

Police praise Tongan and Lebanese fans for good behaviour after RLWC clash

Author
Jacqui Stanford,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 9:24PM

Police have praised the crowd at this evening’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 quarter final between Tonga and Lebanon at Christchurch Stadium.

Canterbury District Metro Area Commander Superintendent Lane Todd said there have been no incidents of concern and no arrests.

Police evicted only one person for being drunk, noting the level of alcohol consumption was low.

In Otahuhu south of Auckland - there are fresh songs and celebrations after another Tongan victory.

While the game was in Christchurch, festivities are in full swing in Otahuhu.

This event has been formally organised, rather than the impromptu street parties which have sprung up - and been marred by eventual disorder.

It's a family-friendly gathering, where church and youth leaders are assisting police with crowd management and making sure people behave.

The streets are full of people wearing red, dancing and singing.