Thursday 29 September 2016

Pic: Streaker slammed by rugby player decided to cover a very unlikely part of his anatomy

Published 26/04/2015 | 11:22

Chris Hala'ufia of London Irish tackles a streaker during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road
Chris Hala'ufia of London Irish tackles a streaker during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road
Chris Hala'ufia of London Irish tackles a streaker during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road
Chris Hala'ufia of London Irish tackles a streaker during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road
Chris Hala'ufia of London Irish tackles a streaker during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road

Have you figured out what part of his body this streaker decided to cover before he took to the pitch?

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Leicester Tigers boosted their hopes of a top-four finish with a workmanlike bonus point 38-17 win at home to the Aviva Premiership whipping boys London Welsh, who finished the game with 14 men.

The Tigers' victory against relegated Welsh, who had number eight Chris Hala'ufia sent off, moved them into fourth place with two games to go - away to Wasps and at home to great rivals Northampton, who top the table.

Before he was sent to the stands, Hala'ufia tackled a streaker, who on closer inspection had painted his toe nails, with a massive hit.

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London Welsh director of rugby Rowland Phillips felt Hala'uifa's 55th-minute sending-off had a "massive influence" on the game.

The big Tongan was yellow-carded by referee Tim Wigglesworth for a shoulder charge type tackle on opposite number Laurence Pearce.

But when the referee saw a replay showing Hala'ufia pushing Pearce's head into the ground while he was on the floor, he decided to send him off.

Phillips was "disappointed and confused" by the decision.

"I did not see anything wrong with the tackle," he said. "The initial call was that it was 'no arms'.

"I don't know whether he was yellow-carded for what was deemed to be a 'no arms' tackle, or red-carded for pushing the guy on the floor. I can't comment on the reasoning, but it had a massive influence on the game."

Cockerill said Hala'ufia's got the red for pushing Pearce's head into the ground, adding: "It's not really what you want to see."

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