A wild all-in between the Dragons and the Sharks in their opening derby game saw Jesse Ramien sent to the trash as players on both sides took to the Jubillee Stadium.
Sharks outscored the Dragons in a heated 32-18 but it was the time of Ramien’s trash that took the cake on Sunday night as tensions reached a boiling point.
It all started when St George Illawarra’s full-back Matt Dufty kicked the game off and Ramien, the third man, hit him with a swinging arm in the 19th minute.
Dragons support Blake Lawrie immediately began mistreating Ramien and a giant brawl ensued, with players on both sides ripping from all directions.
Although no punches were thrown, it was a gruesome incident that is sure to attract the attention of NRL justice, with Ramien being immediately sent to the trash for his role in the coup. sending the crash.
“It incites a riot, it was a little high. He hit him on the head,” rugby league great Steve Roach said in a comment for Fox Sports.
“A couple of Saints didn’t like it, but they got hit in the head, which is why they all fought back.
“It was very aggressive the way he enters with the swing arm.”
Fox Sports caller Warren Smith added: “I don’t know what Ronaldo Mulitalo was doing running from left wing to right on death like he was flying on the top rope.”
Dufty’s Stunning Solo
In a second half fight, the Dragons threatened to take their rivals down when Dufty pulled off a phenomenal 50-yard solo try in the 54th minute, which Zac Lomax converted to reduce the deficit to 14-12.
But the Sharks have gone on to make three of the last four tries, through Ronaldo Mulitano, Will Kennedy and Aaron Woods.
The Sharks ‘win took some pressure off under-fire coach John Morris, while the Dragons’ loss saw Anthony Griffin score his first game as a coach on an ugly note.