Su­per­man flies in to tackle ag­ile streaker

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Her­ald — Meghan Lawrence

Otago’s rugby win against the South­land Stags on Satur­day took an eye-bog­gling turn when a streaker dressed only in socks and a man dressed as Su­per­man put on an im­promptu per­for­mance.

And the streaker’s mother has spo­ken out on Face­book about the nude antics, say­ing she en­cour­aged her chil­dren to be proud of what they had and he had “let the whole world see his fail­ings”.

It was dur­ing the round five Mitre 10 Cup match at In­ver­cargill’s Rugby Park that the streaker raced onto the field as fans cheered.

Once out in the mid­dle, he avoided two se­cu­rity staff and had time to per­form a head­stand in front of the whole sta­dium.

Af­ter more than 30 sec­onds of

Hfool­ery, the man was fi­nally cor­nered by se­cu­rity and an­other pitch in­vader dressed as Su­per­man who tried to save the day.

The man in a Su­per­man out­fit matched with Con­verse Chuck Tay­lors ran onto the field be­fore he tack­led a se­cu­rity guard and the streaker to the ground. The two pitch in­vaders were es­corted out of the sta­dium by se­cu­rity.

The streaker, a 20-year-old fencer, told the he went to the game af­ter an end-of-season bus trip.

“I had a few beers in me and you get a bit silly,” he said. “Some­one dropped the idea and I thought why not. I ended up get­ting taken to the gate and away I went. I didn’t get ar­rested.” Fans took to so­cial me­dia to laud the streaker, say­ing it was “the best part of the game”.

The streaker’s mother posted on Face­book: “The naked truth of it is

. . . [my son] has let the whole world see his fail­ings.

“I would like to think that I have en­cour­aged them to be proud of what they have.”

De­spite the dis­trac­tion, Otago were win­ners against their old­est ri­vals, thrash­ing South­land 43-24. For video go to nzher­

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