Street fight clouds over Crusaders’ semi-final




The Crusaders preparations for their semi-final clash with the Bulls is under a storm cloud after several team members face allegations of assault after a street fracas in Christchurch last weekend.

Brothers Tamati and Mana Riritahi claim they were attacked in Christchurch , sustaining blackened eyes, a broken nose, cuts and bruises following the Crusaders Super 14 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday night.

The brothers put in allegations against Rua Tipoki, claiming the midfielder started a fight with them and then other players became involved.

Other players named by the Riritahi brothers included Northland draftee Jake Paringatai and former All Blacks winger Caleb Ralph, who they said had initially tried to stop the fight but ended up getting knocked out.

“There are allegations on the Saturday night involving some Crusaders,” Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach told NZPA.

“We’re aware of those allegations, obviously concerned about those, but we need to take some time to investigate those thoroughly before we come to any conclusions.

“We are investigating the allegations. It’s a little difficult because the team is in South Africa and that’s causing some delays in those investigations but we’re certainly making every effort to find out what’s happened.”


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