Match review committee to investigate post-match incident
RUGBY LEAGUE: An ugly incident involving players at the conclusion of the Group 2 curtain-raiser at Frank McGuren Field has left spectators angry and distressed.
It was a moment Group 2 officials have labelled as "disappointing” - when Nambucca Heads Roosters players jumped the security barricade and charged into the crowd following their 54-20 loss to the Grafton Ghosts.
It is understood no physical assault occurred and no one was harmed as a result of the verbal altercation.
"I am very disappointed by what is alleged to have occurred,” Group 2 chief administration officer Jim Anderson said. "We are investigating the incident and full action will be taken against those involved.”
With no video evidence of the altercation in the crowd, Group 2 officials have put the call out for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.
One spectator in the crowd, who had his 70-year-old father and 15-year-old son at the game, was left feeling disgusted when a player from the Roosters club targeted him after the game.
"As soon as the game finished about three or four (Roosters) players took off into the crowd chasing Grafton supporters,” he said. "I made the mistake of making eye contact with a player and he began targeting me.
"He was verbally abusing me, and I gave him a wave on to say 'move along' and he charged at me like a rabid dog.
"My son was petrified. He thought he was about to see his dad beaten up. It just went from zero to ballistic in 10th of a second.”
The player in question was pulled away by his own team mates, as nearby fans jumped into the home change rooms for protection.
The afternoon's altercation left a sour note on what was an otherwise successful return for Group 2 rugby league.
While Group 2 had received verbal reports, it was expected to have received written reports from both clubs yesterday afternoon as the investigation into the incident continued.
Group 2 judiciary chairman Bill Gibbons confirmed referee Matt Very submitted a report about an individual involved in the incident from the round 1 clash.