Expect Fireworks When Leicester Host Munster After These Matt O’Connor Comments
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Matt O’Connor has added some extra spice to this weekend’s return Champions Cup clash at Welford Road, after accusing Munster of not providing a duty of care in their clash on Saturday.
The Leicester boss was referring to the clash between fullback Telusa Veainu and Munster winger Andrew Conway that saw the former suffer a broken jaw, while the latter was seemingly knocked unconscious.
After the game, there was a tense atmosphere at the press conference, with O’Connor far from happy. When we asked him to confirm the injury to Veainu was as a result of the Conway clash, he said:
“Yeah. From Conway. Where he smashed him in the face with his head. You saw it, I saw it. Duty of care, is it there?”
Speaking to The Irish Independent afterwards, O’Connor continued:
“Well, one guy’s got a broken jaw,”
“That’s what I’m annoyed about. Surely there’s a duty of care? How is it not a high tackle when he’s clashed heads and smashed him in his face with his head? We’re talking about seat-belt tackles. And a bloke’s got a broken jaw.”
Johann van Grann told us after the game that he felt it was an accident, and it’s hard to disagree.
“It was a kick in the air and it was a collision between two players and both guys got injured. I hope they both will be fine.”
Have a look at the incident yourself below. Looks like an accident if you ask us.
Leicester boss Matt O’Connor confirmed after tonight’s game that Telusa Veainu suffered a broken jaw from this clash with Andrew Conway. Nasty stuff indeed for both men. pic.twitter.com/8JwAJn5lTo
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) December 10, 2017