Siya Kolisi hit an act of cowardly thuggery says Kiwi writer

Siya Kolisi hit an act of cowardly thuggery says Kiwi writer

- Springbok and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi was on the receiving end of a horror tackle against the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby encounter

- New Zealand sports writer Mark Reason led a scathing attack against the Kiwi teams and accused them of seeking vengeance for the poor showing by the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup

- Kolisi will now miss six weeks of action due to injury and coach John Dobson was angered by the Hurricanes tactics

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The Stormers and Hurricanes played out a bruising contest at Newlands in the Super Rugby tournament.

The Western Cape side were convincing winners, but the match will be remembered for a number of thunderous tackles.

However, according to New Zealand sports writer Mark Reason, the big hits were malicious and premeditated.

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Reason penned a scathing article in his column for the Stuff.co.nz website that lashed out at the New Zealand sides for seeking vengeance for the All Blacks' poor showing at the Rugby World Cup.

Reason described some of the Hurricanes' play as grotesque.

Looking back at the incident in which Springbok and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi suffered injury, Reason makes a convincing point.

Hurricanes hooker Ricky Riccitelli barged into Kolisi's knee without using his arms, well after the ball had been passed to another player.

Describing the tackle, Reason said, "The worst hit was the 'tackle' of Ricky Riccitelli on Siya Kolisi. It was an act of cowardly thuggery."

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Stormers coach John Dobson said that he and his team reviewed the match footage and some of the Hurricanes' play angered him.

Dobson said, "It was not good for the tournament going forward... it was very subtle stuff, but when we reviewed the game a few times we were more and more angry."

On a more positive front, Kolisi recently watched Tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal as they participated in the historic Match in Africa event.

The Bok captain was all smiles as the match was played in Cape Town and raised more than R50-million for underprivileged children.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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