Rugby: Bottle throwing puts tests in doubt

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.
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 for rugby".

"We are extremely disappointed that bottles were thrown from the terrace.

"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 next year.

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 Stand.

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 at them.

"It was just wrong."

He saw a couple of members of the French team jump to miss bottles.

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 team.

"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.

Cage them in

This behaviour seems to be a trademark of New Zealanders. I remember my youth in Dunedin as being wrought with incidents of impulsive violence through sheer boredom of all kinds of groups, be they students, rugby groups, soldiers, construction workers with their steel capped boots and other assorted groups of usually inebriated out of control kiwis. maybe we should declare a new form of human and study him. Get your act together and put more pressure on the Education dept to fund more groups who are trying to help all these youth to attain self respect for themselves and others.

Solution to bottle throwing

It is probably too much to expect some types of poor sports to refrain from throwing bottles as a childish display of displeasure. Expecting children to suddenly grow up is too much to ask. The answer is to not allow bottles of any type to be brought in or sold at the game. Paper cups only. Can't be thrown far and feather light. Anyone who brings a bottle to the game would be thrown out! Let's not let our national sport become our national disgrace.

'Get over it'

The real thrust of 'get over it' should have been directed at an element which saw fit to throw bottles at a team which had just proven overwhelmingly superior on-the-night. Such pique, could well be understood, because the kind of people who would have been over-represented amongst the 'throwers', would doubtless have been subjected to little parental correction during what there was of their 'up-bringings'. We're currently hovering, about one notch above the soccer-hooligans who routinely try to lay-waste to many European city centres after matches, and who would no doubt plead that a loss, in a game of kicking a ball around a field, could be seen as sufficient justification for doing-so. Why not give the French credit, instead, for a first-rate performance. We were 'done like a dog's dinner', (and it was plain we were going to be after just five minutes of the match), so let's 'get over it', 'move-on' and all the other cliches which are doing the rounds at the moment and accept the fact that, for once, it wasn't as 'good-as'.


When Mr. Huddy says "measures would be made to educate the crowd" I'm forced to laugh. What kind of halfwit needs to be educated and be told "throwing things at people is dangerous and not nice"? I think a straight line can be drawn from the permissive attitude towards drunken behavior by Uni students ("oh, it's just boys being boys" etc) and this kind of stupidity. What will it take for people to sit up and take notice? A death?

Bottle throwing

I attended the All Blacks/France game and the atmosphere was terrific until the end when people in the terraces started hurling bottles at the French team. I thought it was disgusting and have never seen such utter disrespect and, frankly, malicious behaviour. Also there were numerous glass bottles thrown and not just the plastic beer bottles sold at the game. Not only was this display the height of disrespect to a team that should have been shown the utmost respect at having beaten the All Blacks at home, but it was quite likely a player could have been seriously injured if hit by a glass bottle. Extra-security and police enforcement is needed for any future games.

All that is rugby

This symbolises it all; overrated, and a primevil game that brings out the lower end of the evolution scale, and here we are about to make the biggest budget blowout for them, over 200 million dollars worth!