While streakers often make fans laugh, it’s usually frustrating and tedious for those actually competing. Imagine how irritating it would be if a naked pitch invader actually tackled you during a Varsity game of rugby.
The annual match between Team Northumbria and Newcastle University at Newcastle’s Kingston Park was suddenly plunged into chaos when Team Northumbria was suddenly given the one-man advantage – albeit the one-man naked advantage.
With Newcastle on the attack, the streaker – wearing nothing but a pair of socks and a pipe in his mouth – tackled one of the opposition. Perhaps gobsmacked with what had just happened, the players continued to compete for the ball, before a number of Newcastle players realised what had just happened.
Three of them went for the streaker, with one even attempting to kick the nude competitior. Soon, both teams were brawling with each other, and meanwhile the streaker made a slick getaway.
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The Newcastle Student Radio provided commentary for the game, and the line “This is the worst thing to have happened in the history of the clash of the titans” certainly makes for comedic listening.
Northumbria eventually triumphed 29-10 once the brawl had settled down, and their coach Si Culley said: “it’s always hard in a derby match.”