'Move on, he's apologised': Ex-All Blacks weigh in on Ardie Savea's gesture
Two former All Blacks have urged everyone to move on after Hurricanes No 8 Ardie Savea’s throat-slit gesture that became a heavily talked about incident in Friday night’s Rebels versus Hurricanes clash.
The Hurricanes captain was yellow carded after getting involved in scuffle near the goal line but after exchanging words with Rebels halfback Ryan Louwrens he made a throat-slit gesture which has offended some watching.
Savea apologised in his after-match interviews and sought out Louwrens after the full-time whistle to bury the hatchet but was cited for the incident and is set to face a hearing.
Sir John Kirwan weighed in on the matter during Sky Sport NZ’s The Breakdown and urged the SANZAAR judicial committee to throw the case out.
“No, total mistake from Ardie but he fronted up straight away and apologised,” Kirwan told The Breakdown panel.
“It should not go to judicial, I believe. We want to send a strong message to kids, but that was it [his apology], ‘I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I wasn’t good enough and I need to get better’, that’s what you want from your leaders.
“We need to be a bit careful too as sometimes we make those gestures during the haka. Like he said it is a warrior [moment].
“Did he make a mistake? Yes. Do we want to see it in our game? No. But he apologised and did that really well.
Former All Black No 8 Steven Bates shared similar views to Kirwan but was happy to see the players show some fire and passion for the contest.
Super Rugby fixtures don’t often see emotions spill over but the incidents added some spice to a game which was expected to be lopsided.
The Hurricanes had walloped the Reds 47-13 the previous week while the Rebels had lost to the Force in their first outing.
At the time the Hurricanes were up 24-7 but the incident ignited the home crowd and the Rebels were able to pick themselves up of the canvas and turn the game into a contest.
The managed to cut the led to just one point at 34-33 before a late try to Jordie Barrett sealed the win for the Hurricanes.
“I don’t condone what he did but it’s the heat of the moment, like he said it’s a warrior game,” Bates said.
“Sometimes the things get to you. But I’ll tell you what, it was awesome to watch.
“I’m not saying we need to go back to the old days but a bit of push and shove, a bit of passion, that’s what you want to see.
“From my point of view he made a mistake, probably shouldn’t have done it but move on, he’s apologised.
“It’s a heat of the battle thing and he got it wrong. Move on, don’t worry about it.”
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Think you boys forgot that Graham Henry coached the 2011 All Blacks and that Hansen/ Smith were assistants. The cross was shouldered by Henry. Erasmus' point here is that he and Nienaber are looking to win back to back WC's as head coaching combos. A bit of a reach because he is now the DoR and not the coach with the title anymore, but we all know who the real brain behind this Bok squad/strategy is.Go to comments
Best on field season every ??? We spend more time watching the ref watching a big screen . Even as a life long rugby fan and player I'm bored with it luckily I've got a grassroots club to go and watch without any of that polarva.Go to comments