After Highlanders’ fall to Blues over the last date of Super Rugby Aotearoa, Aaron Smith was criticized by both fans and specialists and players for being the protagonist of unsportsmanlike conduct.
During the game that closed the eighth day of the tournament, it seems that the scrum half of the Dunedin team took off from the ruck and ‘stumbled’ over Karl Tu’inukuafe. As the game unfolded, two passes later, Papali’i took a long pass and ran 70 yards in the other direction to score a try under the posts. However, after corroborating the move involving Smith with the TMO, the referee decided not to conquer Blues and award Highlanders a penalty.
In the transmission, Fraser could be heard saying to Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu: “He is out of the game [Tu’inukuafe] and it had an impact, so Aaron lost the ball. “
The scrum half’s attitude was widely condemned in the networks by both fans and different specialists, one of them was former All Blacks player Wyatt Crockett, who said “Aaron basically acted to get his team a penalty kick and this was not reflects the spirit of the game. ” In addition, other fans were furious and called the decision “shameful”, “this is not football”, among other ratings as well as “I have seen some bad decisions in Super Rugby, but this is the worst of all, pure mischief of Aaron Smith. It was try “or” It would fit Neymar well. You can clearly see him stumbling before he touches the other player. “
On the other hand, Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger insists that the referee “made the right decision” but also feels that Blues was a fair winner. While the head coach of the Auckland team, Leon MacDonald, was reluctant to speak on the subject: “I would have liked the try to be awarded, absolutely. We were able to regain leadership and maintain it, so in the end it did not become a big problem. Mike (Fraser) did a great job tonight. “