‘Rubber ball’ hurled at Burden

2012-04-16 12:00

Cape Town – The missile from the crowd which narrowly missed Sharks hooker Craig Burden as he dotted down a first-half try against the Blues at Eden Park is thought to have been a rubber ball.

Television pictures showed a blurry object passing Burden’s head as he dived over for a first-half try in the Super Rugby clash in Auckland on Friday, won 29-23 by the visitors in their last overseas tour fixture.

It is believed to have been a rubber ball because they were given out to some spectators in a promotion just ahead of the kick-off.

The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported on Monday that staff at the venue are “continuing to review video footage in an effort to identify (the culprit)”.

Eden Park general manager of sales and marketing Tracy Morgan was quoted as saying: “Identification of the person is something we haven’t been able to do but we are still working through that.

“They will be banned from any future games from Eden Park, not just rugby.”

Governing body Sanzar has reportedly asked for further information about the incident.

It may have been some sort of “tit for tat” -- whether intended as a light-hearted moment or not -- after an incident in South Africa earlier in the campaign when Blues captain Keven Mealamu was struck on the head by a plastic bottle.

The All Blacks stalwart also had an altercation with the alleged offender at Loftus before the Bulls’ Bjorn Basson helped quickly defuse the matter.


  • Jason - 2012-04-16 12:13

    Why is this soccer type fan BS creeping into rugby?

      Anton - 2012-04-16 12:34

      @ Allan Shame seems you getting nightmares already

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-04-16 12:19

    "narrowly missed " Haha I agree that its the worst kind of sportsmanship but really to say its narrowly missed when it was about 4 meters away

      Alan - 2012-04-16 12:31

      whaahaa like Morne's kicks this weekend - narrowly missed (by 20m)

  • Andrew - 2012-04-16 13:09

    But when this happen in South Africa it was reported everywhere now what, Double standards keeping it very quite................... !!!!

      Marni - 2012-04-16 14:56

      But Andrew, surely you should realise that in the world of rugby, the Kiwi's are untouchable! No team is allowed to walk up to the Haka and the poor ref that one day decides to stand up to McCaw! I have to give it to Loftus: They were on the ball in handling the bottle throwing insident, which also included an apology to the Blues and Mealamu. Would love to know whether Eden Park sees “Identification of the person is something we haven’t been able to do but we are still working through that" as an apology...

  • David - 2012-04-16 13:21

    It's comforting to know we're not the only uncouth hooligans

  • Dirk - 2012-04-16 13:50

    I don’t know... looking at the picture, that rubber ball looks a lot like Ma’a Nonu.

  • Marko - 2012-04-16 14:14

    Funny, I thought only us Bulls supporters threw things at people. Obviously no action taken by the NZ rugby authorities. During the SA cricket toer to NZ Morne Morkel was spat on while fielding on the boundry. And I remember a few years ago when SA played India in India, a whole cooked chicken was flung at one of our players.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-04-16 14:16

      It was thrown at Pat Symcox in Oz

      Lionel - 2012-04-16 14:17

      Mark,that chicken story was in Oz and the fielder happened to be Pat Symcox,his expression was priceless hahaha

      Sean - 2012-04-16 14:44

      lol , I would love to have seen that !!

      Rich - 2012-04-16 15:46

      In the eighties, Greg Matthews had a toilet seat thrown at him.

  • Shaun - 2012-04-16 14:41

    I hope the fans don't start pointing lazers at the kickers eyes during kicks like they do in European football. Actually that would explain Morne's kicking performance this weekend.

  • Herbert - 2012-04-16 14:46

    This is just not cricket !

  • James - 2012-04-16 15:29

    Typical Pretorian scum behaviour. They the ones who started this. They should be thrown at, not the sharks

      Anton - 2012-04-16 16:00

      Is that what your wife calls you

  • Marius - 2012-04-16 15:29

    I am willing to bet that at the time Burden was blissfully unaware of the \object\ and that he been, he would have used his superhuman reflexes, agility and all around awesome skill to catch it, and then dot it down for 5 more points....

      Sean - 2012-04-16 18:18


  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-17 10:29

    Rather a rubber ball than a NAARTJIE

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-17 10:30

    I remember narrowly missing Naas Botha with a apple at Kings Park in the 90's

  • Christopher - 2012-04-17 16:28

    The plastic bottle hit Kevin on the shoulder & NOT the head. Get ur facts right @ Sports24

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