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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Willie Ripia gets out of trouble by passing to the Ref

Willie Ripia gets out of trouble by passing to the Ref

Taranaki came back from being 9-0 down to beat Tasman 21-9 in their Air New Zealand Cup opener on the weekend. Sloppy play in the first quarter didnt do them any favours, as Tasman knocked over three penalties, including an impressive 53m kick.

In the second half Taranaki found their stride, scoring tries through Jayden Hayward and Shayne Austin, with Willie Ripia kicking a conversion and three penalties.

It was flyhalf Ripia who was involved in this interesting bit of play fairly on though, and we thought it would be an interesting bit to share with you.

Trapped in his 22 with no support and under pressure from the opposition, Ripia looked around and saw only one option the referee.

While we cant be 100% sure that his intention was as it appears, the look on his face afterwards did tells a story. It did in fact look like he got out of jail by stretching the law. You decide.

Time: 01:00

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