WELLINGTON - Beaten Wellington coach Chris Boyd complained that some off-the-ball incidents "have no place" in rugby after his Hurricanes were beaten by the Waikato Chiefs in a fiery New Zealand derby.
The Chiefs knocked the Hurricanes off the top of the Super Rugby standings at the weekend in a clash that epitomised the ferocity of New Zealand derbies.
But Chiefs coach Dave Rennie countered that there was a lot at stake and "both sides were into it".
In a match played in stormy weather on Friday night, the two form teams went toe-to-toe, forcing referee Brendon Pickerill to appeal several times for players to cool down.
At the final whistle, the Chiefs had won 26-18 to join the Houdini-esque Canterbury Crusaders and the Western Stormers as the only unbeaten sides after three rounds.
The Chiefs against the Hurricanes featured ferocious tackling, plenty of off-the-ball niggle and three yellow cards.
"The Chiefs are the Chiefs. You know what you're going to get but we were disappointed we didn't handle that as well as we would've liked," Boyd said.
"I thought there were four or five indiscretions off the ball that I don't think were in the best interests of footy or have a place in the game."
Chiefs flanker Michael Leitch, who is also Japan's captain, was Sunday suspended for one week for "dangerous tackling of an opponent" during the game.
- Title: Boyd hits out at Chiefs after ferocious derby
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