CEO responds to the brawl between two star players in front of fans

Aggression in rugby league is par for the course due to the physical nature of the game but the sport always balances that with a family orientated feel, something that makes it so popular.

However during an open training session for NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons, two of their key players got into a scrap inciting a huge melee, in what was supposed to be a training session in front of the community.

The pair in question were star centre Zac Lomax and Tonga international Junior Amone, aged 23 and 20 respectively.

Those surrounding players weren’t only trying to prevent the fight but also to shield fans from witnessing what could become ugly scenes, some of which have been recorded and shared online by the Red V podcast.

The training session in question was taking place in front of fans and the team had tweeted a video of their session which had included young fans getting involved in drills, which makes the scuffle even more unsavoury.

The club had tweeted footage alongside the caption: “Take a look back at the fun and games visiting the community during our trip to the South Coast.”

Despite the great community initiative that gave fans a close-up on how the Dragons train, it may have been a little too close-up with the fun and games clearly not limited to drills.

It’s being reported in the Australian media, particularly The Daily Telegraph, that some fans believe the incident simply shows passion and desire among a team that hasn’t strung together the desired results in past seasons.

This opinion is shared by CEO Ryan Webb who spoke to the Syndey Morning Herald about the incident.

“I was there, I watched the session, and I’d put it down to nothing more than the boys showing some competitive fire, which is what you want to see from the boys, if I’m being honest,” Webb told the publication.

“It bubbled over, two young guys got a bit over-zealous, everyone separated them, they kept training for another half hour and everyone was mates afterwards.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph have confirmed that Lomax took exception to seismic hit from his teammate.

However, it is said to have quickly gotten over it and the issue was resolved.

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