Comment following the RLWC2013 match in Leeds on 8 November
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for learning and skills said:
"The atmosphere at Headingley Carnegie Stadium tonight was fantastic with a brilliant match, a mass busk of 100 poets and performances from school children from across the city! Well done to the Kiwis on such a convincing win! And commiserations to PNG as they now exit the tournament.
"With attendance of 18,180, this has been the biggest crowd for a match not involving a host nation of the tournament so far. The crowd is also the fifth highest of all time in the World Cup for a pool game not involving a host nation and the second biggest crowd for a World Cup game in Headingley’s history.
"It just goes to show how passionate we are about rugby league in Leeds and West Yorkshire, and I hope that people will come out in force again for next Friday's quarter-final match, where New Zealand will continue their defence of their world title against either Italy or Scotland. It promises to be another fantastic occasion and chance to show the world why Leeds is the best rugby league city in the UK."
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