Mikaera Tewhata called it an unfortunate reflex, watch this video for yourself. It is clearly a targeted punch to the face of Brian O’Driscoll which seemed unprovoked by rugby standards.
I want to offer a heartfelt apology. I’d like to see him face to face, shake hands and make peace, I hugely regret it. It’s not in my nature. It’s the first time I’ve punched someone. It was simply an unfortunate reflex action.