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STUFF: Lone protester at ABs training
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Lone protester at ABs training
28 June 2005

While the crowds flocked to the Basin Reserve to watch the All Blacks train yesterday, a lone Welsh voice was on hand to wave a protest banner.

Standing in the terraces holding a homemade sign with the words, "Shame tana cheap Shot", Julie Richards described All Black captain Tana Umaga's throw on Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll in the first test in Christchurch on Saturday night as "sickening".

Mrs Richards, who moved from Wales to Wellington five years ago, said she felt compelled to protest against the alleged spear-tackle which has splintered relations between the two rugby camps.

"The All Blacks were superb but the incident marred the game – it was an absolutely disgusting act of violence."

Mrs Richards said her daughter made the banner.

"As soon as the cameras appeared the kids ran off and are hiding in the crowd," she told The Dominion Post. "They support the All Blacks."

Also watching the All Blacks yesterday were three Irish fans who described Umaga's tackle as "unduly harsh", but okay.

However, the trio said they turned up to the training run to exact revenge.

"We're going to leap over the picket fence and upend Tana when he comes out," Eion O'Kennedy of Dublin said. "But I don't like the look of the security around here – I don't rate our chances of getting anywhere near him," he said pointing to the security guards.

The three Irishmen arrived in New Zealand last week and braved the wind rain and hail in Jade Stadium's uncovered stands.

When questioned on how to turn around the Lions' fortunes for Saturday's second test in Wellington, the trio were unanimous: "Woodward needs more Irish players in the side."

Meanwhile, St Patrick's College student Jarrad Coster said Umaga's opening minute tackle was "totally awesome".

Jarrad, 13, was eagerly anticipating this weekend's second test.

"There's no way the All Blacks are going to lose," he said.


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