Aussies get stuck into Hore and All Blacks

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 15:41 28/11/2012
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UNDER FIRE: Andrew Hore of the All Blacks speaks with head coach Steve Hansen during a training session at Latymers Upper School.

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The Australians have joined the condemnation of Andrew Hore and the All Blacks' handling of his outrageous on-field act in Cardiff.

Hore has been a hot topic across that ditch since he belted Welsh lock Bradley Davies with a swinging arm on Sunday morning.

Today a column by Mark Reason questioning the lack of contrition from the All Blacks in the wake of the incident was one of the most widely read articles on the Sydney Morning Herald's website.

The tone of the article was that as bad as Hore's act of thuggery appears, it's almost worse not to say a simple "sorry".

The SMH had it as their lead item for much of the afternoon and it drew a strong response in reader feedback.

And so did a poll associated with the article, asking SMH readers: Have the All Blacks shown enough contrition for Andrew Hore's hit?

With nearly 5000 responses, the Australians were firmly of the viewpoint that the All Blacks had been lax in this area - 89 per cent of them responding "no".

Many of their comments were based around a hypocritical attitude from Kiwis who bleat at the injustices and attacks centred on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.

There have been two high-profile Australian cases in the last two years with Wallabies Quade Cooper and Scott Higginbotham both called up for attacks on McCaw.

But New Zealanders have shown their loyalty to the current scenario, although the majority are still in the camp that are offended by Hore's hit.

A poll on our Stuff website today asks: Is the northern hemisphere reaction to Andrew Hore justified?

With almost 2500 votes polled, 56 per cent of respondents felt the outcry up north is justified.

Hore fronts the IRB judiciary in Bristol tonight and seems sure to face a hefty ban from the game.

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