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It can only hold just over 18,000 souls, yet it’s banked stands somehow encase the racket made by the garish yellow-clad supporters to make it feel as though there are 70,000 bearing down on the playing surface. Allez ASM.” When the going gets tough, no crowd gets going like this one. In his absence, they had taken the game by the scruff of the neck, Morgan Parra had clipped over a penalty and the will and the colour seemed to have drained from Toulon.Over the next few minutes the noise levels grew and grew, far louder even than in the opening quarter when they had raced into a 13-0 lead, to a crescendo of urgency and exhortation. In the final minute, Parra kicked another penalty for a 22-16 victory.

On the field it's an atmosphere like no other - hostile and very passionate.

No coincidence that the Springboks play better there than at any ground in the country.

It was hugely intimidating and one of the best things about being here now is you have The Shed cheering for you and not against you.

It was the scene of a tragedy in 1920, when British forces opened fire on players and spectators during a Gaelic football match, killing 14 people including Tipperary player Michael Hogan.

"It houses a greater number of spectators now and that means more noise.

The All Blacks left here last November saying they had never experienced an atmosphere like it and Sale should know what they face."As New Zealand went in search of a perfect 2013, mid-way through the year they faced the toughest test of their invincibility when they travelled to South Africa for the deciding rubber in the Rugby Championship.

The Ellis Park factor could be huge in the competition finale.

It's interesting they've taken the fixture from Soweto, which generates more revenue, to a smaller stadium where they've had success against the All Blacks.

One man who has sampled both sides of The Shed’s unique place in rugby folklore is Gloucester second row James Hudson, who joined the Cherry and Whites from West Country rivals Bath.

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