All Blacks forward Ardie Savea has apologised for making a throat-slitting gesture towards an opponent during a Super Rugby Pacific match in Melbourne, conceding he needs “to be better”.
Wellington Hurricanes captain Savea ran his thumb across his throat during a verbal exchange with Melbourne Rebels halfback Ryan Louwrens after being shown a yellow card in Friday’s match, won 39-33 by the Hurricanes.
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The 29-year-old Savea, regarded as one of the world’s premier players, was shown the card for “escalating” the situation according to referee James Doleman, with players from both teams having become involved in a fracas late in the first half.
Rebels captain Reece Hodge complained immediately to Doleman that stiffer punishment was needed as Savea’s gesture towards Louwrens was…