Indiscipline mars NRL
HARARE – Indescipline continues to be the order of the day in the Lion Lager National Rugby League.
Many would have thought that the league would have been united following the tragic death of Zvishavane Bulls flyhalf Slimfield Moyo in a car accident in Shurugwi.
It was however, not the case as unruliness continued to shoot to unprecedented heights with Old Georgians being involved in another ill-tampered match against Western Panthers.
Despite OGs having the stranglehold on the match, tempers flared throughout the 90 minutes with a lot of pushing and shoving by both sets of players.
Panthers’ players seemed not to agree with a lot of the referee’s decisions and finally walked off the pitch with 10 minutes left on the clock.
OGs were leading 65-0 when the match was abandoned.
The post-match formalities of shaking hands between the two sides were thrown out the window.
Scenes like this are painting an ugly picture for the sport which prides itself in the gentlemanly conduct of all those involved.
These acts come hard on the heels of another ill-tempered match played a week ago pitting Old Georgians and Old Hararians.
Three players in that match were sent into the naught boys chair and most disturbingly Zimbabwe sevens flyer Gardner Nechirongo was given his marching orders.
Some of the players involved in these altercations are members of the national team and if they do not curb this problem in its infancy stage it could spell disaster for the both the Sables and the Cheetahs on the international stage.
It’s high time the NRL administrations take a bold stance over indiscipline and sanction heavily all perpetrators.
If the league turns a blind eye on such acts it will bring the game and the sponsors Lion Lager into disrepute. – Brian Matamba