Brawl condemned by Bundy Rugby
UNION: Bundaberg Rugby says there is no place in the sport for what happened on Friday night in the Spring Cup.
Two players were sent off after throwing punches during a heated contest between the Bundaberg Pythons and Isis in the competition.
Now the association has come out on the front foot, sending a clear message to clubs early this week ahead of the two games set to take place at Brothers Sports Complex.
"Each of the clubs were sent an email outlining the repercussions if it happened again,” Bundaberg Rugby president Luke McCloskey said.
"The BR is not for anything like that and this type of stuff does not promote our sport.
McCloskey said the two players involved, one from Isis and one from the Pythons, would receive an automatic one-week ban for the red card and face a judiciary either later this week or early next week.
The president also defended the referee for continuing the game after the incident.
"The referee handled the situation accordingly,” he said.
McCloskey defended both clubs, despite the incident being the second one between Isis and the Pythons in the past 12 months.
"Both events were completely different, they are incomparable,” he said.
"To view both as similar would be reading too muchinto it.
"The sport is a contact sport, sometimes it happens. We are minimising it in the competition.”
The Spring Cup resumes this Friday, with the Bundaberg Pythons taking on The Waves and Turtles Brothers facing Isis.