GISBORNE, New Zealand -- Anti-apartheid protestors crashed a landrover through the gates of the Gisborne Football Ground Tuesday and scattered sacks of broken glass over the playing area.
The field is the venue Wednesday of the visiting South African rugby union team's first tour match against the local Poverty Bay XV.
Police said the landrover, with its engine running, crashed through the gates to the ground and then swerved backwards and forwards across the rugby field while the occupants emptied glass, bottles and tacks.
Three women and a man were arrested,they said.
Local rugby club members, including some of Springbok's opponents in the first game of the controversial tour, were called in to pick up the jagged debris and worked by torchlight as darkness fell.
Poverty Bay Rugby Union Chairman Jim Duncan said he was 'outraged' by the incident. He described the raid as 'a filthy trick by vandals, loots and larrikins.'
He said he thought most of the broken glass would be found but was worried by some of the glass which was green in color and hard to spot on the turf. Police later parked a large truck across the ground entrance to prevent similar raids.
A spokesman for the country's largest anti-tour group, HART, (Halt All Racial Tours), said his organization was not involved in the incident.