Rugby to come out of the dark at Yarrow Stadium

Rugby to come out of the dark at Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki’s Bradley Slater came out of the dark against Manawatu on Friday night at Yarrow Stadium.

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Taranaki’s Bradley Slater came out of the dark against Manawatu on Friday night at Yarrow Stadium.

The man in charge of the $7src million Yarrow Stadium rebuild has apologised to fans if their match day experience suffered because of poor lighting on Friday night.

Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) director of corporate services Mike Nield blamed “teething problems” for the poor level of lighting during the national provincial championship match between the Bulls and Manawatu.

The standard of lighting left many at the ground, and even more watching at home, wondering why it was so dark given that the four lighting towers had supposedly been upgraded to produce a 5src% brighter experience at a 3src% reduction in power.

A number of people compared it to watching a club rugby training night such was the quality. It was not what they had expected given the pre-match hype of Taranaki returning under the lights for the first time in three years.

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But getting an answer to the problem proved almost as problematic as a French referee explaining the importance of not time-wasting to a Wallaby fly-half.

Taranaki Rugby, who admitted they were disappointed at the standard of lighting and shadowing on the field, first p

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