Smith and Weber exchange pleasantries in the shortest Aotearoa brawl
New footage has emerged of the shortest brawl in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa between Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith and his Chiefs counterpart Brad Weber.
Smith took exception to a Weber try-saving tackle, in which the latter struck the former in the face with a swinging arm. Smith was visibly not happy with Weber’s tackle technique and proceeded to swing wildly in an attempt to land a blow. However, he missed with all his attempts which Weber – speaking to RugbyPass – described as “freestyle swimming”.
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The incident took place with the Chiefs holding a comfortable 24-0 lead after 27 minutes of play but it seems that it sparked the Highlanders to life, with Smith being the catalyst in the Landers walking away narrow 33-31 victors.
To his credit though, Weber saw the funny side of it all.