Another NRL match abandoned

HARARE - Crowd trouble marred the Midlands derby between Zvishavane Bulls and Gweru Sports in a Lion Larger National Rugby League match at Gweru on Saturday leading to the abandonment of the match five minutes from time.

The match was called off five minutes from time with Gweru Sports Club leading 20-13 when an unruly Sports Club fan ran onto the field of play and attacked Bulls winger Shelton Chiminya.

The incident culminated in Bulls players walking off the field fearing for their safety.

Zvish Bulls have since lodged a complaint with the National Rugby League and are waiting for the verdict.

Bulls coach Darlington Majoni confirmed the developments to the Daily News yesterday.

“The referee wanted us continue playing but honestly how could we have continued playing when there was no security with fans getting onto the pitch to attack players at will,” he said.

“There was a similar incident in the first half and we complained to the referee who said that he was going to put it in his report but when it happened again in the second half we couldn’t stand it because we value the safety of players.”

This was the Bulls’ first match since the death of their player Slimfield Moyo, who passed away two weeks ago in a road accident near Shurugwi en-route to Zvishavane for a match against Old Miltonians.

NRL president Noddy Kanyangarara said his association is waiting for reports from the match officials and the two clubs before making a ruling.

“But without pre-empting the verdict we condemn in strongest terms violence and we are going to send a strong message to deter would be offenders. We want rugby to remain a family sport not a sport for hooligans.”

Two weeks ago, the match between Old Georgians and Western Panthers at Old Hararians was also abandoned after both sets of players turned on each other. - Sports Writer

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