While Bayonne struggled to bring back a draw on the Munster pitch on Saturday in the Champions Cup (17-17), a clash occurred between the players on the field in the 44th minute. A scuffle during which an Irish supporter, who was in the front row, tried to catch Konstantin Mikautadze.
Few people generally dare to attack Konstantin Mikautadze. The Georgian second line from Bayonne (2m, 130kg) is a colossus often to be avoided during scuffles. That’s not what this Irish supporter said to himself during the duel between Munster and Aviron Bayonnais on the first day of the Champions Cup. As an altercation broke out on the pitch between the players in the 44th minute of play, a supporter of the Celtic province took advantage of the proximity with the players of the match to grab Mikautadze by the jersey, thus pinning him against the barriers.
Surprised, the Georgian turned around then simulated a punch towards the man in question, before being pushed back by Munster third row Thomas Ahern. The situation then calmed down but it could have been dramatic if Mikautadze had decided to really attack the supporter. The images speak for themselves.
Bayonne put in a great performance at Thomond Park by obtaining a draw (17-17) at the end of a match with an epic scenario. A feat all the greater as it was the Basques’ first meeting in the Champions Cup.