Brawl breaks out at Warilla Gorillas and Stingrays of Shellharbour rugby league match

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. 

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.