Ugly scrap breaks out among two groups of NRL fans

The National Rugby League is initiating a thorough investigation after a disturbing altercation took place among supporters of the Roosters and the Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on Friday evening.

Trent Robinson’s squad secured a resounding victory over their arch-rivals, winning 48-6. However, the euphoria of victory soured as tensions flared between opposing fans at Moore Park, Sydney.

Following South Sydney fullback Latrell Mitchell’s sin-binning late in the second half with the Roosters leading handily, a brawl broke out in the renovated sports facility’s members area.

Several participants can be seen trading blows in the video. Security struggled at first to step in, and many of those involved ultimately left.

Amidst the chaos, one individual donning a Rabbitohs jersey was observed nursing a bloody mouth.

Authorities are expected to utilize CCTV footage in efforts to identify those involved. There will be repercussions, including bans from NRL events and potential legal ramifications.

While off-field tensions simmered, the Rabbitohs endured their third consecutive defeat on the pitch. This leads to head coach Jason Demetriou being under heightened scrutiny.

In the aftermath of the match, Coach Demetriou conveyed a steadfast resolve despite the team’s dismal performance.

He said at the press conference after the match: “It’s disappointing, it hurts, it’s probably the lowest point of my career right now but I know how we get out of it. We’ll fight and fight together. I’ve got a lot of trust in this group, and I know they’ll get out of it.”

“The only way to quieten down [the noise] is to get laser focus, and get our season running again. It’s a matter of just getting that first win. We’ve got to be more resilient.”

Both Damien Cook’s benching and Demetriou’s decision to drop halfback Lachlan Ilias earlier this week drew criticism. Also, concerns were raised over star recruit Jack Wighton’s late-game injury.