Brawl suspends Spring Cup game between Isis and the Pythons
UNION: An all-in brawl forced the Spring Cup game between the Isis Crushers and Bundaberg Pythons to be abandoned on Friday night.
In the final regular match for the sides, the game was called off in the 65th minute with Isis leading 13-0.
A fight starting on the try line forced referee Jeff Messitt to call the game and hand Isis the win because he deemed it too dangerous.
Three Pythons players were red carded and several Isis players were handed yellow cards for the brawl.
Isis Crushers team manager Darren Golchert defended his team and said it was focused on one thing.
"Isis went out to play rugby and we couldn't do that," Golchert said.
"I'm very proud of our players and the way they handled their discipline," he said.
The NewsMail tried to contact the Pythons for their point of view but they were unavailable to comment.
It is the second time in two years a game has been abandoned involving the Pythons.
In November 2015 an all-in-brawl between them and the Turtles forced the game to be stopped with the scores at 11-all.
Bundaberg Rugby Union president Matt Leighton said no clubs would be sanctioned for the incidents at this stage.
Players will have to wait until the judiciary chair meets this week to see if they are suspended.
The two sides will face each other again this week in the semi-finals.
Photos of the fight are below.