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Wales must raise bar against South Africa to keep fans in their seats

Restless supporters – rather than rugby – have dominated debate in Wales before the visit of the Springboks that rounds off the autumn international series

The main topic of debate in Wales this week has not been Saturday’s meeting between two middle ranked teams at the Principality Stadium to round off the autumn international series, but the behaviour of some spectators at the ground in the last month who have taken regular beer and toilet trips to the annoyance of those around them.

A typical reply to those who complain about constantly being inconvenienced while play is going on is that it is an occasion rather than a rugby match: being there matters more than watching what is happening on the field. Tickets used to be sold exclusively through rugby clubs, but a growing corporate market has changed the nature of crowds, and not only those in Cardiff. A growing number of those who would rather stay in their seats than waste time queueing for overpriced beer are opting to do so in their armchairs, saving on ticket prices and no longer victim to kick-off times that suit broadcasters rather than fans.

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