Last weekend’s 13th round of the 2017 New Era Cup was completely abandoned, Group 10’s committee making the call after a number of incidents involving fighting and a lack of crowd control in recent weeks.
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Orange Barbarians’ clash with the Kandos Waratahs was called off early the previous Saturday after a fight, which spilled over onto the sidelines following two send offs.
Villages United’s derby clash against CSU Bathurst was also put under the microscope.
It wasn't called off early, but there was two sin-binnings and a send off at one stage, along with a whirlwind of abuse directed at the centre-field official.
In making the decision, Group 10 reportedly also took into account an incident in the crowd following CSU Bathurst’s league tag fixture against Portland several weeks ago.
Group 10 officials met with their New Era Cup counterparts and representatives of the clubs involved on Wednesday night, handing down a number of sanctions after lengthy discussions.
The most serious of those is the abandonment of the weekend’s top division and league tag fixtures, with the competition to resume the following week.
Group 10 officials confirmed on Thursday if any of there is any more indiscretions in 2017 the clubs involved risk immediate expulsion from the competition as well.
In that case, re-entry in 2018 would be far from guaranteed.
An application would be necessary, as would ratification from Group 10.
While this incident is Barbarians’ first indiscretion since entering the competition, it’s not the first time the New Era Cup has faced similar issues with other clubs.
In 2014, Wallerawang was suspended for two rounds midway through the year after a game was called off for fighting.
The side was then punted from the competition prior to the last two rounds for the exact same reason.
However, the Warriors were not involved in any of the most recent incidents.
Kandos were to host CSU Yellow on the weekend.
Instead, they will resume their season against the Wallerawang Warriors in Wallerawang.
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