Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee lashed out on Tuesday at Australian counterpart Michael Cheika, suggesting the Wallaby has a different idea of the “spirit of the game” amid a row over a high tackle.
The two have been at loggerheads over a no-arms high tackle by Wallaby winger Reece Hodge that left Peceli Yato concussed, and which earned him a disciplinary hearing due on Wednesday after a Fijian referral.
Fiji were up 11-7 when the incident occurred, with many commentators saying the tackle had prevented a certain score and should have resulted in a penalty try for the underdogs – and a red card for Hodge.
“From our side we lost a player who was nearly the most influential player on the park at that time of the game, for the rest of the game, and because of the head injury he can’t play in this game (Wednesday versus Uruguay) either,” McKee told reporters on Tuesday.
“Maybe Michael Cheika’s views of what’s within the spirit of the game are slightly different to some other people, but it’s not up to me to decide what exactly he meant by that comment,” fumed McKee, a New Zealander.