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CRL Boss Quinn Defends Country v City clash

AAMI 2013 Country Vs City Origin at the BCU Stadium at Coffs Harbour.
AAMI 2013 Country Vs City Origin at the BCU Stadium at Coffs Harbour. Leigh Jensen

COUNTRY Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn has made a passionate plea the record low attendance at yesterday's Country v City clash at BCU International stadium will not signal the death of the format.

A paltry 4655 were in attendance on Sunday after noon to watch country claim an 18-12 win against City with many punters blaming ridiculous ticket prices for the low crowd number.

An under fire Quinn admitted the decision to put in extra grandstand seating had backfired.

"It was with the best of intentions that we invested in extra grandstand seating for the match but this impacted on the pricing structure and we all have to take some lessons from that," Quinn said.

"It would be a tragedy if people took this weekend's crowd as a sign of the interest in Country-City.

"This match has an amazing impact in the regions we play in every year and you only have to look at the support it has generated over the past few seasons to understand how many people in the bush want to see this match played."

Quinn stated the game was not a cash grab and Country Rugby league believed the match was still a relevant fixture.

"At no stage has anyone approached this game as a money-making exercise.

"We fought extremely hard to keep this game and the ARL Commission has supported us with a significant investment in helping stage the match."

"We will be doing all we can to grow Country-City in the future and the NRL is extremely supportive of that."