Rugby stars catch shoplifter

2015-08-20 15:02
Zac Guildford (File)

Cape Town - Three rugby players, including former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford, showed their prowess off the field when they chased and apprehended an alleged shoplifter.

Guildford and Hawke's Bay team-mates Ryan Tongia and Chris Eaton were at a restaurant in Napier when they saw a man run out of a nearby clothing store.

Guildford told New Zealand television station TV3 that former NRL player Tongia chased the alleged thief three blocks down the road.

"Tongia set off in his perfect running style like he was off catching a ball, it was pretty impressive to watch," said the 26-year-old, who also gave chase.

"He grabbed him by the hood and said, 'Hey mate, listen, you better stop here.'"

Australian-born Tongia, who played for the Highlanders in this year's Super Rugby, admitted being worried that the shoplifter might've been aggressive - or even armed.

But those fears were soon allayed when the captured thief started crying.

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