Saturday 22 July 2017

'The shoe's on the other foot now': All Blacks hooker on Ireland's 'contradictory' stance on dangerous play

An All Blacks hooker has claimed Ireland have been a 'little bit contradictory' in their reaction to a number of physical challenges in last weekend's game against the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium.

The citing commissioner ruled that Sam Cane and Malakai Fekitoa had cases to answer after high tackles on Robbie Henshaw and Simon Zebo during New Zealand's 21-9 win, with the All Blacks centre getting a one week ban as a result.

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The reaction to the incidents have been markedly different in New Zealand and Ireland, with plenty of debate being generated about the manner in which the All Blacks went about getting their win.

Speaking on The Breakdown on Sky New Zealand, hooker James Parsons, who played for the All Blacks in the recent Rugby Championship, contrasted the Irish reaction to Cane's tackle with how they viewed CJ Stander's red card in South Africa, claiming that the stances were 'contradictory'.

"The Sam Cane one is a little contradictory from an Ireland point of view," Parsons said.

"CJ Stander, against South Africa, did a similar accidental tackle, a charge down that put Patrick Lambie down for three months. They were crying poor then. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Clearly Sam has made a slip up but it was not intentional.

"He has made a fairly good tackle but it has just gone a little bit high and they've clashed heads."

Also on the panel was Ian Jones, the lock who won 79 caps for the All Blacks in the 90s. The legendary second row vehemently disagreed with suggestions that New Zealand are a 'dirty' team.

"This is absolute rubbish, the accusations that the All Blacks are a dirty side," Jones began.

"They play on the edge, they go in with a physicality that is needed in a contact sport. They go in with mental toughness. They don't go to win at all costs. They don't do anything reckless to win at all cost. I'm astounded by the accusations."

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