New Zealand enforcer Martin Taupau has played down his controversial exchange with Sam Thaiday during Sunday’s ANZAC Test after he delivered a throat-slitting gesture during his side’s 26-12 win in Brisbane.
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The exchange between Taupau and the Kangaroos forward came midway through the first-half after Thaiday held his opponent in a headlock following a tackle.
Taupau then stood up and dished out a throat-slitting gesture toward Thaiday, drawing a massive roar from the Suncorp crowd.
Despite the incident, Taupau said there were not any issues between the pair.
“It’s probably best not to say anything,” Taupau is quoted as saying by Fairfax Media.
“Whatever happens on the field stays on the field. After that me and Sammy, we’re good.
“We’ve spoken about it and it’s all good, it’s all gone.”
New Zealand inflicted its third straight win in a row over the Kangaroos on Sunday, it’s first in the annual ANZAC Test in 17 years.
The match was postponed almost 48 hours due to heavy rain, but it was well worth the wait for New Zealand fans who saw their side dominate its Tras-Tasman rivals to notch up a 14 point win.