Israel Folau has copped some brutal trolling from the Crusaders after his controversial anti-gay comments.
The devout Christian caused a storm last month when he posted on social media that gay people were destined for hell.
He again courted controversy this week by tweeting a link to a video opposing same-sex marriage by late American evangelist David Wilkerson.
Folau has copped his fair share of criticism over the last few weeks, but nothing like what he received in Christchurch on Saturday night.
The Crusaders produced the biggest comeback in Super Rugby history to consign Folau’s Waratahs to a heartbreaking 31-29 loss.
And to add insult to injury for Folau, the DJ at Christchurch Stadium decided to play ‘YMCA’ by The Village People (a well known gay anthem) over the loudspeakers as the game was finishing.
Fans at the ground loved the brutal trolling, and many took to social media to comment on it:
To the DJ who trolled Israel Falou by playing YMCA I salute you. #CRUvWAR
— Sam Smith (@sgowsmith1988) May 12, 2018
Whoever chose to play YMCA at AMI Stadium tonight especially for Israel Folau I salute you #CRUvWAR
— Nick Brown (@TheNickCRBrown) May 12, 2018
“Young man, there’s no need to feel down I said young man…”
YMCA blaring out!
Super Rugby can get away with that though! #CRUvWAR
— Stewart John (@stewartleejohn) May 12, 2018
Nothing explains New Zealand's rugby dominance over Australia like the Crusaders coming back from 29-0 down against the Waratahs, leading 31-29 with 2 minutes to play, and the guy running the stadium music in Christchurch plays YMCA and the crowd sings and dances. #CRUvWAR
— Sam Hill (@SamHill886) May 12, 2018
— Hamish Neal (@hamishneal) May 12, 2018
The Crusaders playing YMCA over the p.a. system in a game where Folau is playing #CRUvWAR
— Gareth Hopkins (@GarHop78) May 12, 2018
— Anthony R (@aroseworn) May 12, 2018
— Sam Rice (@SamRicez) May 12, 2018
The Waratahs led 29-0 after as many minutes following a dream start, only to concede five unanswered tries to fall painfully short in their bold bid to end a 14-year winless drought in Christchurch.
The Crusaders’ epic escape also extended New Zealand teams’ winning streak over Australian opposition to 39 matches since the Waratahs beat the Chiefs in Sydney in May of 2016.
Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley had the chance to snatch victory late but missed a second long-range penalty attempt from 40m out – but in front – to leave Australia’s conference leaders having to settle for a bonus point for their gallant effort.
Ultimately, the Waratahs paid the price for their ill-discipline with yellow cards for halfback Nick Phipps and winger Taqele Naiyaravoro either side of halftime leaving the visitors a man down for 20 minutes of the dramatic match.