Rugby Union

Eye gouging complaint against Drua after Canberra thrashing

The Canberra Vikings have submitted a formal citing of a Fiji Drua player after a shocking on-field incident in their National Rugby Championship clash on Friday night.


September 30, 2017 2:27 pm

Canberra Vikings and ACT Brumbies hooker Folau Faingaa after an alleged eye-gouge incident against Fiji Drua. Photo: Fox Sports

CANBERRA TIMES: Vikings hooker Folau Faingaa accused a Fijian player of eye gouging him at the bottom of a ruck in the first half of Canberra’s thumping 66-5 win at Viking Park.

The incident soured Fiji’s first trip to the capital and the player involved could face a lengthy ban if found guilty of the alleged action.

Faingaa won a penalty at a ruck, but fell to his knees and clutched his eyes after the referee blew his whistle.

When referee Angus Gardner came to check on ACT Brumbies recruit Faingaa, he said: “He f—— eye gouged me.

The Fox Sports footage was inconclusive as Faingaa’s head was obscured by three Fijian players trying to remove him from the ball.

It’s understood Vikings officials spoke to the citing commissioner and the NRC on Saturday morning. The club is unable to comment on a judicial process.

“Our management has looked at it. We went through the process with the citing commissioner, and that will be looked at on [Saturday],” said Vikings coach Tim Sampson.  “[Faingaa] is OK. I think there is some evidence there, but it’s something the citing commissioner will go through.”

Referee Gardner took no action on the field but warned Fiji captain John Stewart of further ramifications.

“There’s been an allegation of an eye gouge by No. 2 of the Canberra team,” Gardner said.

“Listen to me — very, very serious. Someone will deal with it if there is an issue, after the game, but it’s unacceptable, completely unacceptable.  You need to speak to your players and anything like that is completely unacceptable.”

It was the second ugly incident of Fiji’s debut NRC season after hooker Samu Suguturaga was banned for 20 weeks after being found guilty of biting Brisbane City captain Andrew Ready.

The Vikings dominated Fiji and scored ten tries to one to end a run of back to back losses.

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