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Boks cited after spiteful encounter

03/08/2003 05:56:41 AM Comments (0)

The seething Wallabies accused South Africa of biting, eye-gouging and spitting during a sensational aftermath to Australia's drought-breaking Tri-Nations victory in Brisbane.

The Wallabies won 29-9 but they were furious after forward enforcer Toutai Kefu was stretchered from the ground in the 79th minute with a neck injury following a high tackle from Springbok prop Robbie Kempson.

The barging No.8 was taken to hospital after complaining of numbness in his forearms and fingers and the Wallabies were anxiously awaiting news on the condition of their most damaging runner.

Hooker Brendan Cannon complained of having his shoulder bitten and eyes gouged by a Springboks player while coach Eddie Jones could barely hide his anger after the match.

"It's really a disgrace for international rugby. It puts a whole slur on the game," Jones said.

"It needs to be rubbed out of the game. You can't have those sorts of incidents in international rugby.

"There were cases of players eyes being gouged, spitting on the field and the shot on Toutai.

"They need to have a look at themselves because that sort of rubbish shouldn't go on."

Captain George Gregan described the match as "another day at the office playing South Africa" while Cannon said he was frightened during one incident.

"I was actually bitten on my right shoulder and I retaliated and the subsequent retaliation from the South African player was putting his fingers in both my eyes," Cannon said.

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