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Top NRL officials have today lauded fans at the Bulldogs v Wests Tigers ANZAC Day clash after a record breaking 9 second moment of silence.
Initially meant to be a ‘minute’s silence’ – the NRL has in recent years repackaged the commemoration tradition into a non-specific ‘moment of silence’ – so as to not keep the punters waiting too long.
The emotions of the cross-town rugby league rivalry, described by some commentators as “pretty much exactly the same as war”, were put on hold for a near sixth of a minute before the first cries of “yeeeeeew Tiges” and “fuck yeah doooooggggiiies” were heard.
“They’ve really impressed this year” said NRL CEO Todd Greenberg. “You could have heard a fuckin pin drop. Usain Bolt could have run 100m in that time, almost. And I still don’t reckon he’s as quick as
“You could have heard a fuckin’ pin drop. Usain Bolt could have run 100m in that time, almost’
“… And I still don’t reckon he’s as quick as Hayne.”
Bulldogs captain James Graham said the respect displayed for fallen soldiers lifted the players to new heights.
“It was heartfelt, you could tell. I might be a Pom but we were all on the same side and I had a lump in my throat”
“I could barely wait to get out there to start eye-gouging and rubbing dirt in people’s faces.”
Graham claimed the ANZAC Day match should be introduced as a weekly event to unite fans even further. “We need more use of the word mateship”