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Fiji insincere for referring Hodge's tackle

Fiji insincere for referring Hodge's tackle

By Semi Turaga
Monday 23/09/2019
[photo: newshub.co.au]

Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika has ignored Pacific diplomacy and unloaded on Fiji for referring winger Reece Hodge for a Rugby World Cup citing, saying it tramples on the spirit of the sport.

Cheika hit out at his Fiji counterparts and claimed they were insincere in referring Hodge's tackle after Saturday's game in Sapporo which has resulted in a citing and a judicial hearing in Tokyo on a day still to be determined.

The first‑half tackle prevented a possible try for Fiji and left flanker Peceli Yato concussed.

Fiji players immediately asked for the television match official to review the tackle.

The TMO concurred with the referee and his assistant that the tackle did not even warrant a penalty.

Fiji management subsequently referred it to the match citing official, who deemed it a dangerous tackle.

Cheika says he would have preferred if the Fiji management got upset with him.

Wales will take on Georgia at 10.15 tonight in their opening match of the Rugby World Cup.

[Source: 7news.com.au]

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