Serbian rugby league teams get down and dirty
A shocking all-in brawl in a rugby league final saw fighting dirty take on a whole new meaning when one player decided to drop his daks.
We’ve heard about fighting dirty but this is next level.
Two Serbian rugby league teams — yes, apparently they play the greatest game of all in the Balkans — got down and dirty as their grand final came to an ugly end.
In a clash that, while it might not have the same ring to it as the Dragons vs Sharks, still provided plenty of highlights (and lowlights, as we’ll see), the mighty Red Star Belgrade took on Partizan on what, judging by the woodwork set up behind the goalposts, is actually a football pitch most of the time.
But what they lacked in line markings and over-enthusiastic trainers wearing compression tights, the players more than made up for with passion, because boy do they take their league seriously in Serbia, if footage of the game uploaded to Facebook is anything to go by.
Amongst the razzle dazzle on show, we want to focus on a couple of ugly incidents that occurred as Red Star extended its lead to 34-16. A big bopper regathered a fumble close to Partizan’s tryline and he broke through a couple of attempted tackles before offloading to a teammate to score under the sticks.
Partizan then took the approach that, if you can’t beat them, at least beat them up.
The tryscorer received some extra attention, sparking an all-in brawl that lasted for over a minute. Early in the brawl a Red Star player is taken aside by three Partizan players and cops some whacks to the face as both teams go at each other in the in-goal area.
CHECK OUT THE BRAWL IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE
“This is a disgraceful effort here towards the end of the game,” one commentator said. “That is poor — really, really poor.
“This is incredible undisciplined play.
“We need to stop this … this is very, very, very poor from Partizan at the end of this game.
“It’s bitterness and it’s poor sportsmanship.”
Play stopped for several minutes as the officials addressed both captains, and one player from each team was sent off.
The try stood and Red Star converted, but that was when things took another twist.
Partizan trudged back to halfway for the kick-off before one of the players in black and white added insult to injury. He bent down, faced his own tryline and dropped his daks, giving the opposition an eyeful of a place where the sun doesn’t shine.
For his trouble, No. 5 was sent to the sin bin, giving one of his teammates a high five on the way off.
Possibly the greatest thing to come out of the pantsless protest was one commentator saying: “He gets 10 minutes for mooning the Red Star team.”
His colleague added: “That’s just pathetic, our international fans have witnessed something new there.
“Partizan have absolutely lost their brains.”
For the record, Red Star won 36-16 and the players shook hands with each other after the full-time whistle. But we’re not sure if No. 5 washed his hands first.