Pythons and Isis marred by brawl
UNION: For the second time in the space of a year a Spring Cup match between the Bundaberg Pythons and the Isis Crushers has been overshadowed by a brawl.
The incident occurred late in the first half with both sides throwing punches at each other after plenty of niggle between the sides.
Two players were sent off with red cards, one from each side, with both now set to face a judiciary hearing during the week to determine their suspensions.
"The game deteriorated in the first half and the Pythons were not enjoying us attacking them,” Isis team manager Darren Golchert said.
"One of our players got punched out on the ground and everyone got involved.”
The brawl marred what was a good performance from the Pythons who ended up winning 50-7.
The side remained unbeaten in the competition with a strong second half after leading at half time by 21 points.
"We got a good start but tries to them hurt us,” Golchert said.
"The first half could have been different if we scored tries of our own.”
That has been the problem for most of the season for Isis.
"A key number of players were unavailable for us,” Golchert said.
"From that we struggle with communication and cohesion at the moment.”
Golchert said the side was confident of turning it around, starting with the Turtles Brothers next week at Brothers.
The team manager also condemned the brawl and said the side would chat to make sure they get back to playing rugby again.
Bundaberg Rugby and the Bundaberg Pythons were contacted for comment by the NewsMail but both did not respond to calls.