Sydney - Australian rugby chiefs on Monday vowed to review
security but opted to take no further action after flanker Lukhan Tui was
involved in an ugly spat with a fan in the aftermath of their loss to
The two men had to be dragged apart as tensions boiled over
following the Wallabies' shock four-point loss on the Gold Coast on Saturday -
their first home defeat to the Pumas in 35 years.
Rugby Australia said the spectator managed to get into
seating reserved for players' families and was using abusive language and
arguing at the end of the game.
Tui reacted after his younger sister was pushed by the man,
with the incident rounding off a tough week for the 21-year-old, whose
stepfather died suddenly on Wednesday.
Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said the
scuffle was "not something you want to see at any sporting event".
"Emotions were running high after the match on Saturday
night and I understand why Wallabies fans are frustrated after a result like
that," she added.
"One of Lukhan's young family members was physically
caught up in this exchange and this prompted the reaction from Lukhan.
"Wallabies team management have been in dialogue with
Lukhan since the incident and he has indicated that he does not wish to pursue
the matter any further and therefore no further action will be taken by Rugby
While Tui and the spectator - who was detained and ejected
from the ground - escaped punishment, Castle said security would be reviewed.
But she stressed that interaction between fans and players
remained an important part of the game.
"We feel that this is an isolated incident and we
haven't experienced anything like this in our game in the past, so we don't
want to race into any hasty measures," said Castle.
Tui told his fellow Wallabies after the match that he needed
time away from the game, and coach Michael Cheika on Sunday said it was
unlikely he will play in their next two fixtures, away to South Africa and