Waratahs relieved Benjamin didnt break Folau’s leg

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and Israel Folau have both said how relieved they were that Ryno Benjamin’s wild ankle tackle on Folau didn’t result in a terrible injury.

Folau scored a hat-trick of tries against the Cheetahs which earned them a bonus point victory and moved the Sydney side up to second in the overall standings.

When Folau went over to score one of his third try Cheetahs winger Rayno Benjamin lashed out at the Wallabies winger in an attempt to trip him.

Folau was angered at Benjamin’s act and referee Glen Jackson showed the Cheetahs pace man a yellow card.

Folau said that the consequences of Benjamin’s action could have been far worse and his coach Michael Cheika agreed and added that Glen Jackson handled the incident correctly.

“I was very disappointed because it could break a guy’s leg,” Cheika told RugbyHeaven.

“The referee took a good action. He took the time to look at [it] ” he could have let it go because a try was scored.

“I don’t know if [Benjamin] did it by just instinct or whatever ” but that could have broken his leg … That is a very dangerous thing to do.”

Once back in Sydney Folau said that he felt bad at the time for the way he reacted to Benjamin’s attempted trip but that he was now over it.

“It’s fine. It didn’t do any damage. I was obviously a little upset at the time, but that’s all done and dusted now. I’ve moved on.”

“I actually said sorry to him for kind of blowing up at him as soon as I scored the try. I felt really bad after that.

“But besides that we left it on the field and that was it.”

Folau said that he was relieved that in terms of injury nothing came of the incident.

“I mean something bad like that could have happened, but I guess I am lucky that something serious didn’t happen. It’s all good.”

Folau also revealed that he was not happy with the way he played against the Lions which was why he wanted a better performance against the Cheetahs.

“I was pretty disappointed after the Lions game,” Folau said.

“I felt I let myself and the team down. I wanted to turn things around. I thought the team performance was great. I was lucky enough to feed off that energy and get some space out wide.”

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