Police are investigating the violent aftermath of Sunday’s Group Seven clash between Warilla and Stingrays.
Two players were sent off and punches thrown in the Gorillas’ thumping 84-12 win at Cec Glenholmes Oval, but it is what happened after the final siren which has attracted the attention of authorities.
A police spokesperson on Monday confirmed the early stages of an investigation is underway and they are seeking witnesses about the incident.
A Group Seven judiciary hearing will be held in Kiama on Wednesday night, with halfback Nikita Drew contesting a striking charge which led to him being sent-off before half-time on Sunday.
Warilla’s Nick King has accepted a three-week ban after he was also sent off and vision of the game clearly shows him throwing punches after being tackled.
- Watch vision from the game below. The first incident occurs at 52:50. The second incident occurs at 1:50:35.
The South Coast rugby league incident comes as West Coast AFL star Andrew Gaff fronted the tribunal on Tuesday for a punch which broke Fremantle rival Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw on Sunday.
However, the on-field incident between the Gorillas and Stingrays is not part of the police investigation.
Vision also clearly shows a number of players from both teams and spectators involved in a heated confrontation after full-time.
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A source at the game, who asked not to be named, labelled the off-field drama a “disgrace” and called for lengthy Group Seven bans to be handed out.
Warilla coach Aaron Henry and Stingrays counterpart Wayne Clarges declined to comment when contacted by the Mercury on Tuesday.