The tackle is made on Adam Holtslag. Photo Getty
The man who streaked during Saturday night's All Blacks
test match says he bears no ill will against the security guard
who crunch tackled him from behind.
Adam Holtslag, 28, admitted he "probably started [drinking] a
bit too early" on Saturday, and was egged on by his mates to
streak across the pitch at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The now infamous incident has divided opinion over whether
Holtslag deserved the hard-hitting tackle, or whether
security guard, Brad Hemopo, himself a Canterbury rugby
player, went too far.
But while Holtslag said he was left nursing sore ribs from "a
bit of a cheap shot", he doesn't want to take the matter any
"It was a good hit, eh," he said.
"It was definitely a bit over the top, but if you're going to
streak, you have to expect that you're going to get hit. Not
usually from behind though," the self-employed builder said
from his Christchurch home.
He recalls the incident clearly, but he "didn't see that
coming at all".
"I wasn't going to resist or anything. As soon as they got
me, I went along with it," he told APNZ.
Holtslag had travelled down to the game with five mates, and
earlier in the day watched the Nude Blacks vs England naked
During the All Blacks test, he was encouraged to take his
clothes off and jump from the stands onto the pitch. "Yeah, I
got egged on a bit," he said of his mates.
He's now hoping they will cough up to pay his $500 fine
imposed by the stadium. "They're gonna pay up. They better
help out with the fine eh."
Holtslag is also facing a maximum $1000 court fine, after he
was arrested and charged with offensive behaviour. He was
also banned from the stadium for two years.
He will appear in Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.
Holtslag was surprised by the attention the incident gained
across New Zealand and the world, he said.
"It's gone crazy. I'll just wait till it blows over.
"The phone's been going mental -- I've had to switch it off
basically. Thousands of Facebook messages."
Meanwhile, management at Forsyth Barr Stadium resolutely
stood behind Mr Hemopo, 19, saying he was "absolutely, 100
per cent" in the right.
"We are going to come down hard on anyone who breaks rules at
the venue," Terry Davies, chief executive of Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd (DVML), said.
"We have been speaking with the security guard, the security
company, we looked at our pre-planning and pre-briefing, and
it all fell into line and was consistent, and on that basis
we will support him 100 per cent."
Mr Hemopo's mother, Sandy, also defended her son -- a
Canterbury Rugby ITM Cup wider training group member --
saying he's "not a violent person", and was simply doing his
"He's [Mr Hemopo's] been told to tackle if anybody goes on
the field, so what do you do? That's why the security guards
wear their rugby boots out there," she said in an interview
with Newstalk ZB.
Despite admitting her first reaction when she saw the tackle
was to think 'ouch', she described it as "a bloody good
"If it had been any lower, the guy would have been injured.
He [Mr Hemopo] knew exactly where to tackle him," she said.
- Kurt Bayer and Patrice Dougan of APNZ