‘It was a little dangerous out there’ – Coles

Date published: April 15 2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15:  A general view of the surface of AAMI park after large divots of turf were ripped up during a scrum during the round eight Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Hurricanes at AAMI Park on April 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Hurricanes hooker Dan Coles has disputed the safety of the AAMI Park surface following their 38-13 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

The area in question was in one of the corners near the try line. Referee Rohan Hoffman was forced to move and reset a number of scrums.

“Especially in scrums, it’s actually quite dangerous,” Coles told reporters.

“There is quite a bit of pressure going into those scrums and both teams were losing their feet and there were a few collapses.

“I’m not too sure what the solution is, but it was a little bit dangerous out there.”

Winger Julian Savea slipped on a sandy patch while attempting to chase the ball, which led to the Rebels’ first try.

Head coach Chris Boyd has backed his captain’s comments on the condition of the field.

“It’s getting [to be] an issue isn’t it?” Boyd asked.

“Julian Savea tripped in that area when they scored that first try.

“I guess it’s an issue that they will need to get on top of and sort out because it’s probably not good enough.”

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