Pythons given game

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The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013

 THE Junction Dogs Rugby League club has been put on notice for bringing the game into disrepute in the Port Moresby Suburban Rugby League competition over the weekend.

The Dogs made their debut this season and made it into the finals. 

They disputed the abandoned qualifying final against Kaugere Pythons in the finals at Kone Tigers Oval, Waigani, on Sunday. 

Port Moresby Suburban Sports Association (POMSUSA) president Billy Aki said the club would be fined K300, while the main instigator, hooker Tony Biangko, would be suspended for a match for assaulting and intimidating referee Felix Atusa thrice in the game.

The NCD Suburban Rugby League Judiciary committee yesterday awarded the match to the Pythons after a short deliberation. In a letter to NCD Subruban Sports Association president Billy Aki, judiciary chairman Jamuga Stone said the decision was based on Section 28 of the PNGRFL and Port Moresby Rugby league constitution. 

The section deals with misconduct by clubs and players during matches.

The Morata Junction-based Dogs came from behind to draw 8-8 just before full time to force the game into extra time.

In the first half of extra time, Biangko pushed and shoved Atusa.

He repeated the same thing just before the extra time break and was sin-binned.

In the second extra time spell, the Junction Dogs scored in the far corner of the field. 

After consulting his touch judge, Atusa ruled it was a tackled ball and ordered a tap restart.

That sparked a field invasion by Dogs supporters. Biangko was then seen assaulting Atusa for the third time and the referee walked off the field, abandoning the game. 

Aki was unhappy with the assault, announcing the matter would be dealt with by the judiciary committee. 

He called on the Junction Dogs, Kaugere Pythons, referee and the touch judges to submit reports to the judiciary committee.