Male rugby union official’s ‘pathetic’ act causes outrage at Oceania women’s championships 2024

Rugby fans shook their heads this week at the lackluster and unsportsmanlike conduct of a paramedic on the sidelines of a match in Australia.

Samoa’s victory over Tonga in Round 2 of the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship was overshadowed by an apparent act of sabotage at the Sunnybank Rugby Club in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Cassie Siataga, Samoa’s connector, was preparing her conversion attempt on the sideline and was about to attack when a medic walked right between her and the tee box.

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She looked annoyed and shook her head, but composed herself and converted the conversion goal from a tight angle to extend her team’s lead to 14-0.

Rugby writer Jamie Wall shared his view of the moment, writing on X: “That’s pathetic from this guy. Paramedics should be required to sit down and keep their mouths shut until they’re needed… but great kick.”

A comment on the video reads: “Siataga attempts the conversion and one of Tonga’s medics casually walks by and just watches what happens.

“I think Cassie’s reaction said it all.

“But we know how Cassie is, she doesn’t let anything bother her. She stands up seconds later and shoots.”

Watch the attempted sabotage of the rugby conversion in the video above

Another comment on the moment read: “It was a little distracting, but nothing to worry about for Cassie Siataga. She’s killing it.”

“Don’t worry about any distractions. I’ll just walk right in front of you before you step.”

Rugby fans sharply criticized the paramedic’s conduct, although it was unclear whether he was actually working for Tonga’s team or the competition.

Mike Bubbins summed it up at X: “What nonsense. Great kick.”

One person commented: “This is shocking – if he is a team official he needs to serve a suspension and if not he needs to be suspended until he learns to respect the kicker.”

A second commented: “The referee should have sent him off for the rest of the game.”

Another said: “I think he’s just the venue doctor and not tied to a team. I’m pretty sure I saw him in the same capacity in the Brisbane Premier competition. Looks like he’s got blinders on though.”

“The guy is a complete idiot. He has such an incredible composure that he still gets the kick across like that,” commented another.

Samoa won the game 29-7, setting up an all-or-nothing showdown between Fiji and Samoa on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams are tied at the top of the competition table with 10 points.

The winner of the event will qualify directly for next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in England.

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