Marika Vunibaka to be investigated after sideline incident

Tumut has lodged a complaint against Fijian international Marika Vunibaka following an incident on Saturday.

UNDER FIRE: Tumut have made a complaint against Leeton coach Marika Vunibaka following their game at Leeton No.1 Oval on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

UNDER FIRE: Tumut have made a complaint against Leeton coach Marika Vunibaka following their game at Leeton No.1 Oval on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

The Leeton coach is alleged to have punched a Tumut official while on the sidelines as play was ongoing at Leeton No.1 Oval.

There was an initial incident on the field, which was dealt with by the referee, before the drama continued.

Tumut president Will Reynolds formally lodged the complaint on Monday.

He’s looking for the investigation to take its course being publicly speaking on the issue.

“Until any outcomes are made I don’t wish to speculate too much, until it is all proven,” Reynolds said.

Southern Inland president Dave Adamson declined to comment on any specifics regarding the matter.

“There are processes that we need to follow regarding ARU protocol and investigations of matters need to be followed in the correct way,” Adamson said.

“That is the process that will take place.

“Up until those things are looked at we can’t really say anything.”

Witnesses have described the incident as “quite upsetting” and were shocked by what unfolded.

Leeton president Tim Allen declined to comment when approached by The Daily Advertiser.

The Phantoms won the game 43-12.

Vunibaka is in his second season as coach after guiding the club to an undefeated premiership last season.

The Fijian international formerly played Super Rugby with Canterbury Crusaders.

This story Complaint made after fists fly on the sidelines first appeared on The Daily Advertiser.

Comments

Discuss "Complaint made after fists fly on the sidelines"

Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.