Rugby: Manu Samoa players defend a fan tackled by a security guard
A security guard tackles the supporter who rushed onto the pitch to perform a traditional dance for the team. Photo / Photosport
As a seemingly rogue rugby fan bursts onto the pitch, a security guard sprints towards him and brings him to the ground with an impressive tackle.
But what happens next is probably something few people expected; as members of the Manu Samoa rugby team rush to help the supporter, then the security guard, from the ground.
As the fan – shirtless and showing off a traditional Samoan men’s tattoo, the pe’a – stands up, he begins to dance just as another security guard rushes over to grab him.
Again, the boys in blue appear to defend the audience member and offer some explanation to the guard.
The guards eventually back off – the first one sheepishly scratching his head as one of the players comforts him.
The incident was caught on camera and began to go viral after it was uploaded to social media sites TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Some have wondered why the players rushed to defend the man the security guard had just tackled.
However, Samoan fans began to offer some explanation. The ventilator was simply responding according to normal cultural protocol.
“I mean, I understand that the security guard is only doing his job, but he [sic] we know the Samoans.
“This is how we celebrate and show respect. We join in the dance and celebrate together. The players know it …”
Manu Samoa had just officially qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga rugby team Ikale Tahi 37-15 in Hamilton on Saturday night.
As the players gather to celebrate, one of the team members steps forward and begins performing a traditional dance reflecting a taualuga.
Taualuga is a performance given at the end of any Samoan grand occasion or event that deserves celebration and encourages those in attendance to dance.
Lakapi Samoa’s high performance general manager Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun said the organization does not condone or condone actions such as running on the playing field.
The security guards were doing their job and doing it well to protect the Manu Samoa team, he said.
“The supporter was known to the management and players of the Samoan community and knew his intention within the framework of our Samoan culture of Ai Uli in which to pay homage and honor our victory, but also knew that this was not in line with the World Rugby protocols and is not accepted behavior. “