BREAKING NEWS
Three people killed in restaurant fire in Waimate, South Canterbury ... Read more
Close

ACT Brumbies, Reds at odds over Moore punch

JIM MORTON
Last updated 02:11 12/04/2014
Stephen Moore and Eddie Quirk
Getty Images

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore (centre) and Reds No 6 Eddie Quirk scuffle after Moore punched Quirk in a ruck.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Kane Douglas set for Wallabies recall after signing deal with Queensland Reds, ARU Zac Guildford could step up to Super Rugby again, Hawke's Bay boss says Zac Guildford linked to NSW Waratahs and a return to the Super Rugby ranks Tawera Kerr-Barlow extends Chiefs deal for two more years Ngani Laumape has the physical attributes to fill Hurricanes' midfield void next season Northland's Dan Hawkins chuffed to sign with Melbourne Rebels Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge released from Waikato Hopsital Carlos Spencer has claims to be in the Blues coaching mix Richard Graham intent on keeping Queensland Reds coaching job Melbourne Rebels sign Irish international prop Jamie Hagan on two-year contract

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore was jeered off Suncorp Stadium after controversially escaping punishment for punching Ed Quirk in his side's 23-20 win over Queensland.

The Reds are fuming after referee Steve Walsh denied them a 49th-minute try and failed to take action on Moore's left-arm upper-cut on Quirk at a ruck on the goalline on Friday night.

Will Genia had dived over in the corner but the try was scratched as Walsh ruled Quirk illegally held Moore before the Wallabies rake lashed out.

Queensland coach Richard Graham was livid post-match and felt Moore should have been shown a yellow or red card for his punch.

While the citing commissioner was running his rule over the match, Graham indicated the Reds were keen to have the matter investigated.

Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher commended Walsh for his hard-line stance in clamping down on holding at the ruck, and felt Quirk had cost his side a try.

But Graham and Queensland skipper James Horwill whole-heartedly disagreed.

"I would see Stephen Moore as part of the breakdown and I think Ed Quirk is entitled to hold him," Graham said.

Horwill said: "If it is a punch, the rules are the rules and you have to go to the rule book (and send him off)".

Walsh's decision enraged the 30,000-strong Brisbane crowd and a large group of fans heckled Moore on the sideline which prevented a post-match Foxsports panel interview.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content