Super Rugby

Cheating accusations rile Chiefs boss Rennie

Head coach Dave Rennie is "bloody angry" after allegations of cheating were levelled at his Chiefs team following their 28-27 win over Hurricanes.

Chiefs were second best in scrums, but they became uncontested after tighthead prop Siate Tokolahi went off injured with five minutes remaining and no specialist replacement was available, though Rennie's team were reduced to 14 players.

However, a New Zealand radio station posted a video on Facebook that appeared to show Tokolahi running freely before going to ground after speaking to a Chiefs medic attending to Aaron Cruden.

Rennie angrily denied anything untoward had occurred and insisted Tokolahi had been struggling with a problem that limited his movement since earlier in the game.

"I'm bloody angry. Obviously I've had a look at that footage … they've shown this and what they needed to do was research further and if they'd gone back and looked just after Beauden Barrett's try they'd see our physio rubbing heat into the back of Siate Tokolahi," he said on Radio Sport.

"I'm angry because they're challenging our integrity. We've got two injured tigthead props which forced us to drop down to 14 players.

"I'm a bit miffed too because some of the [media] outfits having a crack at us are people that we deal with all the time. I would've thought they'd have the decency to approach us and talk about it and we'd have shown them the other footage that would have justified it.

"They [Tokolahi and the medics] had a couple of conversations around that [whether he could stay on]. He doesn't want to come off because he knows that we're already down a tighthead, but the medics are saying that he's not good enough to go on, and I think the past couple of scrums showed that.

"I'm angry at the insinuation that it was intentional that we dragged them off. It irritates and disappoints me."