Fan: Mealamu ‘still loves SA’

2012-03-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Blues captain Keven Mealamu believes Newlands will be free of the sort of spectator controversy that characterised their Super Rugby victory over the Bulls at Loftus last weekend.

The veteran All Black hooker was struck by a bottle thrown by pitch invader Johannes Nel, a 54-year-old boilermaker, at the end of the match and there was an altercation between the two before Nel was pulled away from him. The Blues won the match 29-23.

Tomorrow night sees the Blues take on the unbeaten Stormers in a Newlands.

Mealamu, asked at a media briefing yesterday whether he expected any further “surprise visitors” to the pitch this time, replied confidently: “I can guarantee it won’t happen this weekend,” adding that he considered it an isolated incident.

“We’ve had this sort of thing in New Zealand as well … I still love the place [South Africa]. The incident caught me by surprise, that’s all.”

— Sport24.

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