Rugby’s day of shame

croc.jpgThis article from News Online may say more about Australia’s World Cup prospects than all the pundit analysis to date:

Rugby league recruit Lote Tuquiri jumped up on to the canopy.

Matt Dunning and Matt Burke were “up close” at the front of the boat when the crocodile lunged.

Mt Borradaile tour guide Max Davidson said the team acted “like a bunch of girls”. “They were all jumping around, screaming and carrying on,” he said.

“Those big, brawny Wallabies were petrified of some scrawny little crocodile on the bank.”

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

But…frustratingly, the NT News gives no indication of what the correct Territory etiquette IS when a 4m saltie (in what seems more likely to have been a dash to get away from undue photo-opping attention rather than the reported “attack”) upsets your craft to a 45 degree angle.

Do you shout “rack off Noddy?”
Do you rap it smartly on the nose?
Stuff crushed beercans down it’s throat?
Hurl yourself into the water and wrestle it into submission?
Sing Waltzing Matilda?

I note that they were crap-useless at barramundi fishing as well….

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2022 years ago

Geoff,

The story seems to be suggesting that the only reason the boat listed to 45 degrees was that all the wuzzes ran simultaneously to the far side of the boat to get away from the croc (except Tuqiri, who wisely jumped to the highest point on top of the shade canopy).

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

No indication of the saltie performing the Haka prior to “lunging” is there?

Nemesis
Nemesis
2022 years ago

That scrawny little croc was 4 metres long.

Having seen the NT crocs up close and personal recently, I can vouch for the scary factor. 11 out of 10!!

mark
2022 years ago

Geoff, the correct etiquette is to ring up the NT News: “hey, you blokes remember that boring political story you were going to run front page? Well, get a load of THIS!”

I notice the croc pic you’ve posted looks remarkably like Scott Wickstein’s self-portrait. I wonder…

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Yeah, I noticed that too Mark.

Nemesis rather wonderingly questioned whether “that scrawny croc” could really be 4 metres long but my respect for Scott prevented response….

Scott Wickstein
2022 years ago

Thank you Geoff.

Ken, I will have you know I had nothing to do with it. It really really was not me!