New Zealand rugby star Braydon Ennor was one of the Crusaders standout performers in Saturday’s 26-15 win over the Blues, but made one tackle he probably wished he didn’t have to.
In the 55th minute of the Super Rugby Aotearoa match in Christchurch, a streaker wearing just underpants raced onto the field at Orangetheory Stadium and was stopped in his tracks by Ennor, NZ Herald reported.
Ennor, who helped spark the Crusaders second-half comeback by charging down a Blues conversion, held the pitch invader down until the security guards removed him from the field.
“Oh, wow. A streaker has just been taken out by Braydon Ennor,” commentator Brian Ashby said on Gold AM.
“He’s making a real nuisance of himself this guy. This guys just doesn’t want to go. He’s holding up the game but was cleaned out well by Ennor. Good job.
“That is stupid, really stupid of him,” commentator Lesley Murdoch said. “Really crazy stuff.”
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Meanwhile, a fan who streaked at Forsyth Barr Stadium last month said it was “the best feeling”, despite having to show up in court later that week.
Kenny Flintoff, who was one of three men charged with offensive behaviour after pitch invasions at the tournament opener between the Highlanders and the Chiefs in Dunedin, said the decision to streak across the field started with a dare from his mates.
“It was a bit of an in-the-moment kind of thing where someone called me out and told me ‘you wouldn’t streak’ and that was it for me,” he told the Daily Debrief.
Flintoff was unofficially christened the first post-COVID streaker in world sport in what was the first top class rugby match to be played with crowds since the worldwide sporting shutdown.
Speaking to Daily Debrief hosts Marc Peard and Nathan Rarere, Flintoff recalled his infamous moment under the lights.
“Ever since a young kid I’ve always been streaking here and there. But this was probably my big break – first time to crack the big scenes. It was a good opportunity to get out there with the boys,” he joked.
“It was a bit wet on the ground. It was a bit hard on the pitch. A few of the red badgers ran over and I had to give them a fat left plant and put them in my dust you know. I went for the gap first then one came over and I just gave him the inside outside and he was done.
“There was an opening right in the corner which I was aiming for but I did trip right at the end and got jumped on by about three red badgers. It wasn’t my best effort.”
Flintoff believes the hardest part was braving the Dunedin winter in the cells overnight with nothing more than a thin set of overalls.
“They gave me these nice blue overalls to wear for the night. It was a bit cold. It was better than the towel they gave me at the stadium but yeah it wasn’t the best thing (to wear).
“I came out clean – just a bit cold in the cells for the night.”
Even his family has come around and found the lighter side of the incident.
This article originally appeared on NZ Herald and was republished with permission