Brawl boys

By GREG WHITE

THE NRL Match Review Committee will look into the trial played between the Sydney Roosters and three Group Two teams on Friday night following claims a wild brawl took place, allegedly sparked by players from the fledgling Dunghutti Broncos.

Committee chief Greg McCallum spoke to the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday and confirmed certain claims had been made following the match and video footage would be examined this week.

"If we believe any player from the Roosters has a case to answer the matter will be sent on for action and if we think Country Rugby League should be advised of anything concerning their players, that will also happen," he said.

But many involved in the organisation of the match are dismayed at why an incident described as nothing more than what is part of any game has suddenly become such a big story in media circles.

Port Sharks operations manager Les Murphy said his son (and co-coach) Kristian had phoned 2SM's Talkin' Sport program the day following the game to thank the Roosters for their involvement but had been fobbed off by the program hosts.

"He wanted to talk about the hundreds of kids who swamped the players but they told him, no thanks Kristian, just tell us about the brawl," Murphy senior told the Advocate.

"Fair dinkum, the scrap went on for about twenty seconds and was no worse than anything you see in any game but suddenly, all these city people are ringing up and asking about this supposed nasty fight.

"The footage has been all over Fox Sports and believe me, there was nothing in it, everybody had a bloody good night."

Local league correspondent Rod Thompson said he'd seen a lot worse in many other junior games with no need for action.

"I'm amazed at a reaction that seems totally over the top and yes, it wouldn't surprise if someone has an ulterior motive as a reason for blowing it out of proportion," he said.

For the record, Dunghutti went down 50-0 in their opening session before the Roosters took care of Wauchope 22-0.

But Sharks 18-year-old replacement Tyrone Nelson sent the crowd into raptures when he managed to land a four-pointer on the Roosters in their 24-4 share of the night before Josh Mann looked to have a fair try disallowed, soon after winger Matt Dougherty was narrowly edged out in a frantic race for the ball.



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