Bad blood over eight-week ban

Rugby Union

COOLANGATTA-TWEED Barbarians have vowed to appeal after their fullback Afa Sauia was side-lined for eight weeks for dangerous tackle during Saturday's ill-fated Gold Coast and District Rugby match against Surfers Paradise at Goodwin Park.

The tackle, on former teammate Tamate Coates, sparked an all in-brawl which led to the game being abandoned with 15 minutes to go with the defending premiers leading 20-5.

Surfers Paradise cited Sauia over a tackle that left one of their players injured last season but the matter was dismissed. It is believed many of the supporters were still upset about that incident.

Surfers Paradise lock Zac Raymanomaya, also sent off, received a one week suspension with a further three weeks suspended sentence on a charge of striking an opponent.

GCDRU media spokesman Bob Sinclair said there would be no action against the two clubs over the brawl - with some spectators allegedly running the length of the field to become involved.

However he said the next District management committee meeting would look at the general situation and at trying to keep spectators off the ground.

It is believed CoolangattaTweed are reluctant to let the matter of the brawl lie and have lodged a formal complaint against the Surfers club over the actions of their supporters.

The loss of Sauia is a major blow for the Baa Baas with the Number 15 one of the team's key players so far this season.

"We are going to appeal it," Baa Baa spokesman said Jim Sullivan.

Sullivan said while Sauia was a 'hard tackler' there were plenty of independent witnesses at the game who believed the tackle was fair.

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