Two Illawarra junior rugby clubs have been ordered to end their simmering feud after an on-field fight in an under-11 game last weekend.
The referee in charge of the match between University and Avondale called off the game in the first half after a spectator walked onto the field moments after the two players were separated.
The pitch invader was told by other spectators to leave the field, but the referee had already abandoned the game, a decision that was later supported by Illawarra Rugby president Peter Woods.
Officials from both clubs attended a meeting with Woods earlier this week and he made it clear any more such incidents would result in teams being suspended.
"A fight between 10-year-olds on a football field isn't a very pleasant thing to see and it should not happen, but it's a different issue entirely when people think they come on the field to take matters into their own hands," Woods said.
"I've told the presidents of both clubs that they need to get all the parents together to get the message out there, very loudly and clearly, that there will be repercussions for teams and clubs if spectators break the rules.
"Referees should be able to feel safe when they're trying to do their jobs."
Woods said the clubs involved had a history.
"The presidents of both clubs were very disappointed with what happened last week and don't want to ever see it repeated, and I was very encouraged with the way they spoke and co-operated," he said.
"Further, they have been in close contact with parents this week to discuss ways and means."
Woods said a proposal has been made for the clubs to join together to raise money for a charity and to have a trophy for the day, as well as an award for the best and fairest player on the day between the teams.
Meanwhile, the Illawarra Rugby senior finals kick off this weekend.
Camden and Shamrocks meet in tomorrow's qualifying semi-final at Camden, while University and Vikings clash in Sunday's elimination semi-final at South Nowra.