Rennie fumes over cheating claims

Date published: April 28 2016

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Chiefs boss Dave Rennie was left feeling "bloody angry" by suggestions that his side had forced last week's game with the Hurricanes to go to uncontested scrums.

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles' comment to referee Craig Joubert suggesting the move in last week's game was "an amazing coincidence" was picked up by television coverage, after Chiefs replacement prop Siate Tokolahi went off injured.

Due to Tokolahi's injury not being blood or concussion related the Chiefs were forced to go down to 14 players in the closing minutes, making the scrums uncontested.

Those comments from Coles were backed up by footage this week by a New Zealand radio station suggesting that no contact had been made with Tokolahi before he went down injured.

Rennie vehemently denied there had been any wrongdoing as a result, defending his side's reputation.

"I'm bloody angry because they're challenging our integrity," Rennie told Radio Sport.

"We've got two injured tighthead props and that forced us to go down to 14 players… it happens, you don't want it to happen but you have to deal with it.

Rennie added: "It's such a rarity, I've had 78 games in charge of the Chiefs and it's the first time we've gone to golden oldie (uncontested) scrums.

"A lot of guys go off injured and front up the next week," he said, regarding Tokolahi's return to the Chiefs squad for Friday's game against the Sharks.

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