Waratahs coach Cheika shows how not to make friends and influence people at Shark Tank

2014-03-31 00:00

“IF you don’t stop zooming in with that camera on me, I will f**k you up.”

This was the alleged threat made at King’s Park Stadium to a SuperSport camera operator by Michael Cheika, the coach of the Waratahs rugby team as he was sitting in the coaches’ box.

Cheika left the box and walked down to the field where he allegedly threatened the camera operator using expletives. He had to be led away by security. A charge will be opened against Cheika with rugby controlling body Sanzar about the incident.

Sean Everett, the SuperSport editor at the match between the Sharks and the Waratahs, confirmed the incident and said Cheika did threaten the camera operator.

Everett summoned Piet Strydom, the match co-ordinator, to the outside broadcasting unit to lay the charge against Cheika.

When Cheika was asked after the game what he was doing next to the pitch while the game was being played, he said he wanted to ask why Bismarck du Plessis, the Sharks captain, was allowed to constantly talk to the referee Mike Fraser, after Fraser had made it clear to Waratahs captain Dave Dennis before the match that he did not want the captains to talk to him. He did not say a word about the threats he made to the camera operator.

Strydom said Cheika had transgressed the Sanzar rules by confronting an official next to the pitch during the match.

From his record, Cheika seems to have stood in front of the queue when short tempers were doled out.

A few weeks ago in Canberra, when the Waratahs lost against the Brumbies, Cheika opened a glass door in the coaches’ cubicle with such force that he shattered the glass panels.

He shrugged it off as an accident, but the Brumbies have already sent a bill for $700 (R6 860) to the Waratahs for the repairs.

“I just hope the coaches’ box in which Cheika sat is not too badly damaged,” said Jake White, the Sharks coach, after hearing about the Canberra glass door.

“Hopefully Smittie (John Smit, the Sharks CEO) made sure we took out insurance on the boxes,” White said.

Cheika and his team also faced the wrath of of the SuperSport floor manager, Ken Braidwood, when they were 90 seconds late returning to the pitch after the half-time break.

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