French players walk over a part of Carisbrook littered with
bottles after Saturday night's test win against the All
Blacks. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Future tests in Dunedin may be "jeopardised" after
members of the crowd threw bottles at the celebrating French
team at Carisbrook on Saturday night, with the New Zealand
Rugby Union saying it will consider the incident when
allocating future matches.
Some fans have expressed their disgust at the bottle-throwing
from the terraces and Otago Rugby Football Union stadium and
operations manager Coryn Huddy said the incident "had the
potential of marring what was a great event for the city and
"We are extremely disappointed that bottles were thrown from
"It is a shame that the actions of a few people can detract
from the game itself.
"If this type of behaviour continues, then the future of test
rugby in Dunedin could be jeopardised."
NZRU professional rugby manager Neil Sorensen said such
incidents would be considered when tests were allocated for
The union was "very unhappy" with the behaviour of a small
number of patrons at Carisbrook "whose actions reflect very
badly on our reputation as good hosts, and true rugby
supporters, and on our national image internationally".
Dunedin man Nick Phillips watched the game from the Railway
He said "early on" in the game people in the terraces started
throwing bottles at other members of the crowd and at a man
who invaded the pitch.
"If someone had done something about people throwing bottles
early on, we may not have had this problem.
"The thing that really got me going was when the French team
was doing their lap of honour and people were hurling bottles
"It was just wrong."
He saw a couple of members of the French team jump to miss
He saw police arrest about two people from the terraces, but
expected more to be done.
Stephane Dujakovic, a French supporter who lives in
Christchurch, went to the game with a group of both New
Zealand and French supporters.
After the game he and his friends went to the perimeter fence
of the pitch to clap the French team.
He said it should have been a proud moment but instead he was
"disgusted" to see "hundreds" of bottles being thrown at the
"I have never seen anything like that.
"The bottles were flying and most of them were full."
He said French forward Sebastien Chabal looked "really pissed
off" and called back about half the team.