NRL fans ‘break’ the internet for trial match tickets

IF YOU haven't been able to get online to secure a ticket to the Broncos and Cowboys trial match at Salter Oval keep trying.

That's the message from the Bundaberg Rugby League Association after the region's league fans brought down the online booking system yesterday.

More than 4500 tickets were sold through the information centres and over the phone but the sheer weight of numbers online shut down the nation-wide booking system. The association has now held back tickets and will release them online when the site is up and running today.

The plan was to have the site up and running yesterday afternoon, by 6.30pm the site was operational.

The Bundaberg league chose not to announce the news on its Facebook site for fear of crashing the system again.

Tickets weren't easy to get for other fans either.

One disgruntled patron rang more than 100 times to try to get tickets.

The league responded by bringing in extra people to man the phones.

Early birds queued at the information centres from 4.30am to be a part of Bundaberg league history.

Mother and daughter Cowboys fans Denise and Sarah Anderson were the first in line for the tickets.

"I reckon it's going to be a close game," Mrs Anderson said.

She was ready to see the Cowboys power on through what had been a successful era for the team.

"I'm so happy as a Cowboys supporter now, we've done it," she said.

Miss Anderson, who was born in Townsville, said she was still riding high from their NRL grand final win.

"The grand final was the best gift ever, I was at a Broncos party and I was the only Cowboys supporter," she said.

The pair said they'd chosen to get their tickets in real life because they were worried the online booking site would crash.

Residents who are still chasing tickets to the clash on February 6 can call 1300 722 099 or go online to bundabergregion.org.