Donncha O'Callaghan has invited the scorn of English rugby fans for his antics in a fraught, 23-8 victory over London Irish. Early in the second half, O'Callaghan found himself irate at the dissolution of a ruck. In petulance, he grabbed a hold of Saia Fainga'a's dreadlocks, and gave them a yank.
Fainga'a slapped O'Callaghan across the face in anger, the force of which the Irishman possibly exaggerated. Watch the incident below.
Ref cam ?
Saia Fainga'a slaps Donncha O'Callaghan after the Worcester player pulled his hair ? pic.twitter.com/7ZsmJQ2ioz
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 22, 2017
Neither player was shown a card as the dispute lingered into a second minute. The latter half of the assertion by BT Sport commentator, David Flatman that the slap "either dazed Donncha O'Callaghan or he's taken a dive" was seized upon by plenty of English rugby fans online, along with a couple of well-known names.
And........ O’Callaghan is Knocked out.??? Where is the HIA??? 🙈 https://t.co/yu8o8D3ILl
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) December 22, 2017
— Schalk Brits (@SchalkBrits) December 23, 2017
O'Callaghan's Worcester held out for an important victory which leaves them ten points clear of Irish, who prop up the table.