When is assault not assault?

Apparently when it happens on a rugby field.

On Saturday, I covered the Baywide Premier rugby match between Rotoiti and Greerton. A typically intense and fiery affair, the first half hour of the match was an entertaining tussle.


Unfortunately, all the momentum was lost when an ugly brawl broke out.

A Rotoiti player took exception to a no arms tackle by a Greerton player, holding the player's head down and throwing uppercuts. Other players jumped in, many of whom threw punches. One Greerton player got a red card and will likely face a few