Un­der-11 rugby game fight ‘not a good look’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Po­lice are im­plor­ing the pub­lic to be­have re­spon­si­bly in front of chil­dren af­ter punches were thrown at an un­der-11s rugby match re­cently.

Kapiti- Mana area com­man­der In­spec­tor John Price said the fight, among of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors at Porirua Park on June 30, was prob­a­bly a one-off in­ci­dent but peo­ple need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions, es­pe­cially in front of kids.

‘‘It’s not the sort of thing you want to see or hear about – not a good look for any com­mu­nity.’’

Po­lice were called to the ground af­ter a fight broke out just be­fore 11am, about 20 min­utes into the match be­tween Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton and North­ern United.

The Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton coach had walked on to the ground to raise con­cerns about head-high tack­les when he was al­legedly as­saulted.

Punches then broke out among spec­ta­tors and one per­son was knocked to the ground.

Two men, aged 43 and 35, ap­peared in Porirua District Court on July 3, charged with com­mon as­sault. They were granted in­terim name sup­pres­sion and re­manded on bail to ap­pear again this week.

Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton RFC’s ju­nior con­venor Neil Par­sons said they would re­as­sure their kids the in­ci­dent was nothing to do with them.

‘‘Kids’ sport can be taken quite se­ri­ously but this is the first time I’ve heard of some­thing like this.

‘‘ There won’t be any fin­ger­point­ing but it’s a re­minder to all par­ents of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the side­line and we’ll be com­mu­ni­cat­ing that to our club mem­bers.’’

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