Nohamba, rolling out of the tackle but in a rather defenseless on the ground, was met with the full force of a flying Coles looking to make a physical statement. The tackle looked like making contact with the head and neck area, aside from the fact that a player on the ground cannot be tackled. The ref stopped play immediately but the incident sparked pushing and shoving before being referred to the TMO.
Coles avoided receiving a card for the tackle which drew the ire of many Sharks’ fans on social media, who didn’t hold back when venting their displeasure online. He was labelled a ‘disgrace to the game’ and the ‘king of cheap shots’ among other things.
— Dylan Jack (@dylanmattjack) February 15, 2020
Dane Coles – king of cheap shots. Yellow is the right colour for him. #HURvSHA
— Craig Ray (@craigray11) February 15, 2020
Dane Coles is a great All Black but he's one of the worst when it comes to cheap shots. #HURvSHA
— Gareth Jenkinson (@gazza_jenks) February 15, 2020
@WorldRugby can have another refereeing course where upcoming refs will be forced to sit through a review where Dane Coles diving on a player is unacceptable, yet nothing is done at the moment ????? #SSRugby #HURvSHA
— Travis (@wanderingTrav) February 15, 2020
— Love Bug ? (@maphuti_africa) February 15, 2020
As a wallaby supporter, don’t like Dane Coles. Hard to like him on my local team too sometimes… #HURvSHA
— Jimmy Ess (@DiamantinaRiver) February 15, 2020
The match was the first of the season for Coles returning from injury, who scored within minutes of coming on the field as a replacement from a pushover try.
Former Hurricane Michael Fatialofa makes a massive step:
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